Based on all of that, it's pretty fair to say I started making parts in early April. This weekend I finished making parts, when I completed the two piece X-axis end cap I've been working on for several days. I posted about it last week when I completed most of the work (except for cutting the tapered outline).
So now that I'm done making parts, now what? Now it's time to take apart the milling machine and start putting the pieces in place. Before I do that, I'm going to paint the parts that will be visible to the user when the job is finished. I spent most of the afternoon wet sanding aluminum pieces in preparation for painting. I have one of the old "ray gun" powder coating guns from Sears. Seems to still work, although it hasn't been in use in a long time.
Once the mill is apart, I need to cut areas out of the X/Y base, cut grooves into it and add the parts for a pressurized oiling system. I'm going to add some sort of cooling system - spray coolant. To do that, I'm going to need to build an enclosure. All of the motors are going to have to be wired up, and an enclosure built for them. There's a lotta lotta work left to do. But I think I've reached the end of the beginning.
Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. - Winston S. Churchill.