Wow Rich, big machine for a pen maker =8^). I sent you a PM. Paul in OKCMessage 1 of 7 , Nov 1, 2005View SourceWow Rich, big machine for a pen maker =8^). I sent you a PM.
Paul in OKC
... [From Richard] ... You ll find a highly abrasive mix of cosmoline, casting sand, and cast iron swarf under the table (and in the gear head and quillMessage 2 of 7 , Nov 7, 2005View Source
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "C.S. Mo" <cs@v...> wrote:
> > But how do I get the tables to operate smoothly? Right now, they
> > are stiff.
> > I presume there is packing grease down there under the tables also.
You'll find a highly abrasive mix of cosmoline, casting sand, and cast
iron swarf under the table (and in the gear head and quill assembly).
> > Is it best to take them apart completely, clean and lube, then
> > adjust the gibs?
I agree -- you definitely want to take the table off before you start
moving it around and grinding that mess into the table ways, and
abrading the x/y acme nuts.
After you clean and oil everything, move the table around without
completely re-assembling (you don't need to put the roll pins back
in, for example) and adjust the gibs and the backlash screws on the
acme nuts until the table moves smoothly.