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  • As some of you know, I have wanted to stop managing H-M for some time. It's a tremendous strain on my personal life. I want to set up my own shop. In September, September 15, to be exact, it will be 8 years that Hobby-Machinist has been in existence.

    We've seen a lot of changes. In March, 4 moderators left to start their own site. They took some of you with them. So now you have split loyalties. You know who you are. They didn't like my way of managing this place, and thought they could do better without me. They didn't. The only thing holding them together is that they hate me. Their site was down until mid July. That is why I wanted to stay involved on here until they could learn to run this place. But they wanted me to leave right away, without the training part.

    Anyway, I have been training VTCNC to run things here. Dabbler is going to learn too. I feel that they are ready to start taking over the operation. I will be here to help in case they need, but I don't think they will. Tony Wells is and will be here also to consult with. I will be doing backups, upgrades, and installing addons. Other than that, I don't want to know about this place.

    What about the 4 moderators who were disloyal? I don't care. It isn't my call anymore. I would think that, rather than fumble, they ought to come back and do good work. That's up to them. If they want to return to try to lead more members to their site, I am done caring. I suffered too much aggravation worrying about it. I don't plan to spend any more. What they do impacts on them. I have my own opinions including those of you who followed them there. No longer my problem.

    I am leaving this place in good operating condition, and financial condition.

Gibs adjustment

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Well after making my 1st project, (aluminum container) I cleaned up all the mess and lubed stuff up.

With my compound slide off I noticed a little pin with a aprox 50 degree angled face laying on my chip tray.

Pulled out the parts diagram and found it's an adjusting pin for the gibs, 4 of these slide into my compound slide to adjust tighten the gibs.

Oh no, I only have 2 pcs. Don't know if I dropped them or what but they be gone.

So I found a box of nails and matched diameters up and filed the angle to match and cut with hacksaw to length.

Working great and a little smoother now. Anyone else loose those little pins?


Haven't lost any, but I've dropped a few and spent ages trying to find them. I'll remember your nail trick when I lose one for good.
check McMaster Carr, they may have pins that are better than a nail....look at dowel pins.
They're easy enough to make with a lathe if you have a pattern to work from. Turn a piece of rod to the right diameter and file the bevel. part off the pin at the right length. The length isn't super critical.
Getting to know this lathe rather well, constantly adjusting and taking apart and back together. I love it, I work on copiers all day and feel perfectly comfortable taking machines apart. Helps me get to know the machine and its functions better.
At first I planned to turn the part on the lathe but thought of the nails before trying to turn something. Figured a soft metal nail would not gouge any of the metal gib strip.

I did turn a rusty old bar of steel down to .620" from .750" , to fit my boring bar holder. Thinking maybe a tool rest for when I need to turn a pc of wood.
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