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1  General Forum Information and Guides / Forum Related Announcements / Re: Registration Disabled on: April 26, 2016, 03:34:40 pm
Me Too!

James
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 24, 2016, 05:18:24 pm
O.K. Thanks!

James
3  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Newbie setting up a classroom on: April 24, 2016, 01:56:01 pm
Welcome from Canada!

 welcome2

James
4  General Forum Information and Guides / Forum Related Announcements / Re: Taking Over... on: April 24, 2016, 11:54:12 am
Great Stuff!

James
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 24, 2016, 04:55:35 am
I was looking for a few pieces. Anyway, I decided to take a chance and ordered
a small amount to see what I get. Hopefully there are a few good pieces that I
can use.

James
6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 23, 2016, 04:22:05 pm
I have had a closer look at the white quartz at the place I get my rocks from and
think I will wait. In the picture most of it looks more like foggy clear quartz.

I wanted solid white. I know it's just a picture and not a true representation of
what you get but still leery enough to think about it some more.

James
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 22, 2016, 02:57:01 pm
Thanks Everyone!

I think I will give it a try.

James
8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Anyone Work with White Quartz? on: April 22, 2016, 07:56:44 am
Or maybe Milky Quartz as it's not all pure white.

Is it just regular quartz that is white?

Anyone cab with it?

Thanks,

James
9  General Forum Information and Guides / Forum Related Announcements / Re: Forum is running on auto... on: April 18, 2016, 02:46:56 pm
Sure hope someone takes it over.

It's a great place with the most knowledgeable people (great bunch as well) around.

Really learned a lot but have so much more to learn.

James
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Green Owyhee Jasper on: April 13, 2016, 01:42:01 pm
Maybe she's looking for a Goldilocks pendant.

Not to thin, not to thick, not to shinny. Just right.  lol

James
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Master Lap/Backing Plate for Ameritool? on: April 10, 2016, 08:53:10 am
Thanks!

Will check out Kingsley.

Yes, the soft resin mesh discs.

BTW, Found these on Amazon while searching for sponge pads:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_nr_seeall_17?srs=8542904011&rh=i%3Aspecialty-aps%2Ck%3Alapidary%2Ci%3Atools&keywords=lapidary&ie=UTF8&qid=1460299365

By Yihao, but probably Hans discs. Looks like free shipping to the US from China. Would
take a while to get them probably. Some as cheap as $10.26 US. Not an endorsement as
I never dealt with these people, so buyer beware.

James
12  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: The Search engine hates me on: April 10, 2016, 07:57:49 am
Sorry, can't answer the slab question but it's not only you that
is having problems with the search function. No matter what I search
for I get 38 pages of results and most of those don't even have the
words I was searching for.

I think the moderators are aware of the problem.

James
13  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Master Lap/Backing Plate for Ameritool? on: April 10, 2016, 07:51:53 am
17.1oz with the metal disc attached would be less that a pound for just the plastic.

I have the Kent thin metal discs and they are fine just placed on a plastic backing plate
with the bolt holding them in place. They seem to be good. The lower grit ones
are probably not as good as the Ameritool ones but the finer grits are fine.
And for $18.00 CAD (about $13.00 US) from a place in Montreal, they are a good deal.

I read somewhere (I know, I am bad for reading things and then forgetting where I
read it) that with feathering glue you can soak them in water and the glue will soften
up and you can pull off the old mesh discs when they need to be replaced.
Hopefully someone here can confirm that. Carol would know but I have not seen her
post in a long time.

I avoid the PSA stuff as that sticks like crazy. Put a PSA sponge disc on slightly off
center and it tore trying to get it off.

Anyway, all I need them (backing plates) for is the mesh discs (if I find I have to glue
them) which obviously weigh less that the metal disc. So I think they would be fine.

Where do people get there master laps (backing plates)?

The only ones I can find on Amazon are aluminum by Hans and are shipped from
China. Shipping to Canada is nuts (more that the cost of the disc).

I can get them from JS Gems where I got the Ameritool. He has the sponge pads
as well. But the shipping from California to Canada is expensive as well.

Where do you people get your backing plates?

James

14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Using Resin Discs Without Gluing Them Down? on: April 10, 2016, 05:52:43 am
O.K. came across one problem.

With the mesh disc not being glued down, if you put a
lot of pressure on it you can have buckling of the disc.
The disc folds up on you and will also stall the motor.

Will try using feathering glue in just a few places around
the disc to see how that works. Hopefully it will stop
the buckling and have the added benefit of, hopefully,
making it easier to remove when it needs replacing.

Will let you know the outcome.

James
15  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Master Lap/Backing Plate for Ameritool? on: April 10, 2016, 05:44:11 am
Thanks!

Didn't think of adding washers if need be.

Still looking into the weight of the master lap. Did find
that the extra weight cuts down on vibration at higher
speeds but need to find that info I saw on the weight
limitation.

James
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