OK, So i spent most of the day thinking about the X axis design and how i was going to modify it for use on the Y... I just couldn't get around the idea that this v-bearing (at least in my application) is going to rock across the Y axis. I'm not sure if that is true but that is what my brain has convinced myself!
So, i thought about buying the X and Y axis just like i bought the Z axis. But, it upset me to think about buying all of the components because i'm not after a "kit" i'm after, at least some, original thought. So, going forward, if i can't build it or buy it at ace hardware. (Steppers and encoder aside) then i'm not going to use it. And side note to that is my tool collection: Hand drill, drill bits, a few taps, skill saw, and a table saw (which has a bent shaft that makes the blade wobble about 1/8").
I've attached a picture of my new axis designs. The setup is a tube 1"x1"x.0625"x6" with a flanged brass bushing/bearing on both ends, set screws all the way around each (more on that below).
I think it's going to work out really well! I'm super excited about it, but by the time i thought it up ace was closed... so tomorrow is my day!
Because i don't have anything that is level, i'm going to use blocks on the end of my shafts (1/2" zinc plated) so i can adjust it 4 ways. I'm also using set screws for the bronze bushing/bearing so i can adjust them individually also!
Does anyone have experience with this sort of setup? I'll post some actual pictures tomorrow.