My gib strip was probably the worst thing on the machine. I don't even know how you could get it so bent! I just started over and made my own.
However, this brings me to a question I can't figure out. When I was going through my "x axis rocking" dilema everyone said check the gib and make sure it's straight!
I can't, for the life of me, figure out why it really matters if the gib is straight or not. The adjusting screws only touch at each end. The gib is so thin I'm sure it's easily flexed by adjusting the screws. So, if it's bowed in the middle, wouldn't adjusting it mean that it's touching at each end and that's all that matters? The travel might not be very smooth with a bowed gib, but having each end of the gib adjusted to touch the ways should eliminate the rocking (if that was/is the issue of course). Any armchair (or professional) engineerists out there that can explain this one? We are also talking about a shoptask, not some swiss high speed mold making machine.