Shop night last night, like most Tuesdays. Don’t know how we picked that one, but it’s been working so why mess with it. The excitement and building momentum at the shop is in the air and we can all feel it. With the cold air comes a renewed interest in spending time building new projects and fixing the place up. Without formal planning of any sort, there were six people last night working on bikes. Perfect.
I got the milling machine variable speed conversion done last weekend and was ready to square up the head. I’ve not used this machine in two or three years and have moved it twice in that time. Young Dan and I and set about getting it trued up so we could cut something.
First we indicated a precision square on the table parallel with the Y axis and locked it down. We then traveled the head and made sure it was parallel to the reference square. Close enough.
Next we rigged up bent piece of round stock to check the nod and tilt. Took us about a half hour or so as I’m a little rusty and this machine was WAY out. After messing with it a while I remembered to set it up by eye first with the precision square then use the indicator for fine tuning. Done. +- .0005 all the way around. Lock it down and leave it. Everyone instructed to never move the head. That’s why we have a big adjustable angle plate (that weighs fifty pounds!).
“Hey Dan, wanna cut something?”