Well, after a great deal of work, I have reduced the bind to almost
I noticed that the gib was showing signs of wear along the top forward
and rear. I did take your advice and checked the dovetail with the
drill rod and observed no variance. From where the gib was wearing,
it was obvious that the very top edge of the dovetail at the very
front and very back of it's length (.75") was where the bind was
coming from. I spent a great deal of time drawing a 45 degree file
(resting on a piece of 1/4" aluminum to raise it against the upper 1/2
of the dovetail) and this did the trick. I had to remove the column
to give me clearance at the back of the dovetail. As a final step, I
used some 800 grit forming a Z in between the doevtail and the gib to
finish cleaning it up.
Anyways, I'm back up and making chips. Thanks for the advice!
--- In GrizHFMinimill@y..., "klauszietlow" <klauszietlow@y...> wrote:
> I doubt that the nut, screw or gib have anything to do with your
> problem. If you take out the lead screw and move the table by hand
> you will still have the binding at the extremes. The only logical
> explanation is that the dovetails in the base are not cut right.
> two dowel pins and put them into the dovetails and then measure the
> outside distance. Repeat this over the length of the Y-dovetail in
> the base. You will find that there is less of a distance in the
> center than at the front or the back, causing your table to bind
> there. You can't fix this by adjusting the gib, only by
> the dovetail.
> --- In GrizHFMinimill@y..., "jwenzelqwestnet" <jwenzelqwestnet@y...>
> > I removed the bed and saddle on my mill today and spent time
> > cleaning up and lapping the x and y gibs because I haven't been
> > with the ease of travel once the gib screws are adjusted to remove
> > play. The x axis travel is much smoother now, appears I've got
> > licked. On the y axis, I still am experiencing bind when cranking
> > the way forward the last .75" and all the way back the last .85".
> > I back off on the gib screws to ease that bind, I get play when
> > bed is in between these two points. When I take up that play with
> > gib screws, I experience the binding forward and back again. I've
> > taken care to ensure the screws are properly seated in the indents
> > the gib. Anyone help me. I'm perplexed. Thanks!
> > Scott Wenzel
> > Tempe, AZ