Thank you David. You should be receiving an envelope in the mail any day now. Thank you for that too. I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight so i thought i might post a quick update. as mentioned previously, i purchaseda 1 1/4" piece of bar stock. it has been a bit of a cunundrum as to how i wanted to cut it. i tried my Milwaukee portaband. it cut the material fine, but unfortunately i was having a really difficult time cutting a straight line with it. my next best option was to use my 12" sliding compound miter saw. i have an old worn out fine tooth carbide tip blade that i put on to make the cuts. i had to get creative to cut the last couple. this was the best thing i could think of to hold the material down. it looks kind of ghetto, i know. i bought a set of those insert style cutters from harbor freight. they are a godsend compared to what i was using to cut the first one. as part of my learning curve, i found that the 3 jaw chuck will not automatically align my parts. this rather inexpensive dial indicator was able to get me within about a thousandth or 2 . i only had time to face off a couple of parts. these 2 went so much faster and easier than the first one. another thing i learnded today was that even though you think you are only shaving a tiny bit off in a pass, it can easily turn out to be a good bit more than you think.