With some help from a Norwegian friend, I have made significant progress.
I have the rails for the X frame bolted onto the end pieces.
I have the X stage acrylics mounted with nut and sliders (though I need to wrap some teflon around the sliders).
I have tested and fixed a soldering issue on one of the stepper drivers, it now works for all I can tell.
I have gotten an Ethernet cable that can actually communicate with the opto endstops.
I have tested the opto endstops, and found that they work... on and off. And not in the manner I expected.
I still need some way to connect the threaded rod to the motor, I figure duct tape will do for testing purposes. I am also out of solder.
After +nop head 's reply to my previous post, I decided to go ahead and print the new extruder holder, after tightening down the hoten...
With the new mount in, I needed to upload new firmware - even though slic3r can take a Z offset, it seems the heating position doesn't t...
Running under the hypothesis that the MDF expands and contracts with the humidity and temperature, I'll start each printing day checking...