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10-22-2002, 10:54 AM
I need to make a tapered gib for the vertical slide of the table of my 8" shaper. The gib will be 8" long and will run against a cast iron slide. I can get bronze alloy 932 (SAE 660), aluminum bronze alloy 954 (10% AL), or teflon-filled delrin. Which would be the best material for the gib, or should I use some other material?

10-22-2002, 11:09 AM
"Mild steel" ought to be fine. If you use cold-rolled, anneal it first or it will warp amazingly when you mill the bevels on the edges (guess how I know...). For a tapered gib though, a strip of cast iron might be easier to deal with.

There was a discussion about gib material a few months ago; check back in the archives.

Ragarsed Raglan
10-22-2002, 12:09 PM
I recently made a gib strip, and was advised to make it from EN 19 (SAE 4130 equivalent), as it would be more stable.

Its working fine.....


10-22-2002, 05:39 PM
Rember that lubricated steel on steel has one of the lowest friction, so steel is the way to go (pun intended).