I’m taking a break from building because I REALLY don’t want to tap any more aluminum tonight. I got my Shapeoko kit in the mail yesterday and spent a few hours assembling the plates. It was pretty quick going since everything is just bolted on. Then I got to the step where you have to tap your own screw threads in the Makerslide. Since I didn’t have a tap, I called it a night.
Today I grabbed a tap and got to work. Unfortunately, I’m cheap and decided I would use pliers instead of a tap handle. It worked, but it’s really hard and time consuming. I got 4 holes tapped, but I might call it a night again and go get the tap handle tomorrow.
Anyways, it’s looking pretty good. I’m pretty surprised I haven’t messed anything up yet. Here’s a preview of what’s left to do: