I had my ZX-45 up on the Sharpe today to open up the slot for my y axis a touch......and I thought it made a funny picture.
I have seen a few pics of x2's on a 45 table before, and that was quite a contrast.....not unlike this.
My friend's wife said it just looked so cute up there.
Didn't even have to take off the vise.....lol.
Back when I first got out of high school I had a short term job as a mechanics helper in a machine tool rebuilding shop. The had this giant planer mill that they would drop all sorts of machines on to machine or recondition the ways.
Once and a while modifications where made also. Some of the equipment that came through the shop was grossly worn out. In many cases you could see the belly in the ways no straight edge required.
Sadly the job wasn't long term. Even worst I was to young and stupid to grasp the massive amount of experience in the shop. Though I learned a lot, it was only after leaving that I realized how much I had to learn.
I'm 41, and got lucky enough (lol) to be laid off of my job as a cnc programmer for the woodworking industry (17 years) just as my wife decided to go back to work.
I met a machine shop owner a year ago when I was looking for someone to make some parts for my ZX-45. He's 67, and clearly does not need to work anymore.......but he still loves it and intends to keep at it until he's plant food. He offered to let me use his equipment and teach me, if I would teach him to use his cnc mill that he acquired a long, long time ago from an auction. It's been a wonderful reciprocal relationship......and we have both gained an awful lot from it......although I feel like I have benefited much more. He is just an unbelievable wealth of information and experience......and I'm super thankful to be able to take it all in without financial worry (thanks to my wife).