Quick update: I returned to printing some test pieces in order to improve print quality. I tried printing a 10mm cube with dissappointing results, and am now learning quickly that printing smaller objects has it's own challenges. I though it was the larger ones that had challenges! :)
To seek help with my Skeingforge and other settings I posted some questions over on the forum (forums.reprap.org) and received some good suggestions already. Here's a link to that thread: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?4,92740,92740#msg-92740
I'll continue to testing and the information exchange over on the forum, and then post a summary of what I learn back here.