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Our Lapidary Shop - Work in progress

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« on: December 28, 2011, 04:32:01 pm »

Hi all,
 Wanted to share some pics of our Garage (Lapidary shop).
Not sure about getting the pics up so this may be a bit of an ongoing endeavor.
 We moved to this house about 6 months ago due to running out of space at our last place.Getting all the machinery up and running properly has been quite the project.
 I enjoy refurbing equipment so all this is used stuff except one new machine (diamond band saw).
 My wife and I started Lapidary almost 4 years ago and you will be able to tell where I spent most of those 4 years.

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2011, 04:39:11 pm »

Wow that's a busy workshop.
With all that equipment and rocks; when do you find time to play darts?

Pictures work; when pasted into top bar and going directly to your site.
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2011, 04:58:37 pm »

Haven't played darts in 3 months or so, Been busy setting up the Craft room. lol
Do the pictures show now?, first time doing this so not sure.

My apologies if I got a bit carried away with the pics.
After looking at them myself I have decided I really might be addicted.

Thanks Harold
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2011, 05:04:53 pm »

Yes they do.  yes yippie
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 05:51:18 pm »

I loved seeing your "playroom", serious machines, tons of rocks and lots of enjoyment:)
Hope you show us all your creations and soon:)
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011, 06:39:17 pm »

Really neat photo tour! I enjoyed seeing your shop. Must have been a real chore moving all that from the old place and then re setting it up. I think you deserve a vacation.  yes

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011, 06:56:05 pm »

very well organized. big work place. nice very nice. thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2011, 07:18:24 pm »

    heck yeah...that's some nice gear
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2011, 08:16:33 pm »

I wish I was your neighbor!
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2011, 08:57:35 am »

WOW!!! Thumbs up for the Old 'Crown' in pics 12 and 13..........
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2011, 11:04:12 am »

Really set up for production can I come over to your house to play????????????? ura
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2011, 11:37:26 am »

That sure is a lot of machinery.  I hope Dave doesn't look at this and want more.  I know we have RA (Rockaholics Annonomyous) but this may be something else!
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« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2011, 11:59:40 am »

Wow.. You have a bit of everything !!

Love the super selection of abrasives on expandos !
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« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2011, 01:56:51 pm »

WoW!!!!  WoW!!! Awesome shop!!!
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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2011, 02:34:07 pm »

...and a partridge in a pear tree...

Seriously, my local club is not even that well equipped.

But where did you put the faceting machines? I couldn't see them.

I guess at least the move provided a wonderful opportunity to get rid of some unneccessary items.
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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2011, 03:34:49 pm »

Holy crap, nice set up!
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« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2011, 04:44:02 pm »

WOW!
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« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2011, 07:17:09 pm »

That's 'in progress'? What are you progressing towards? Looks like you already have more equipment than the clubhouse I frequent!

I am impressed that you managed to accumulate all that in just 4 years. I feel like I am running waaaaay behind...
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« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2011, 09:22:14 pm »

Everyone is welcome to come over and play.

 Yeah my wife says I go overboard on everything. I started with 6" machines and over time have upgraded to 8" machines. It took months of buying every expandable 8" wheel I could find (used of coarse) because I needed the larger wheels (one brand of expandable wheel is smaller and the belts tend to need to be centered when the machine first starts) to not have to try and "center" a bunch of belts at one time.

 The faceting machine is in the house in the "craft" room where my wife can be found most of the time.She won't let me take any pictures in there yet. lol

 Lapidary has been a true blessing for me in so many ways and I want to experience every aspect of it.

 My latest quest is learning to polish flats (Reason for the flat laps).
I know a few lapidaries that swear by dry grinding flats but I want to learn how to do them on the flat laps.

 This is the first time that I have actually had all the machines in one place and running (most were stored in my back yard waiting for the move).

 I appreciate all the nice comments and will post the craft room when I get the bosses OK.
 yippie

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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2011, 11:38:35 pm »

Harold that is all most too much.

Your addiction runs deep. Machinery and stones.

Please show us the results when you get time.

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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2011, 07:40:35 am »

HA HA! Showed my DH your photos, told him "And you think I have a lot of equipment???"

I am jealous!
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2011, 11:59:36 pm »

daaaa, where's the bandsaw!!!!!!!????????


very nice..........

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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2011, 04:19:07 pm »

LOL!!  That's totally great!  I thought we had lots of equipment!  Love it!!  :)
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2011, 04:50:01 pm »


I would go broke buying all the oil for those saws.....but I would enjoy every minute of it.  How many and what sizes are your saws?

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2012, 02:37:04 pm »

Hi Roy,

The bandsaw is in my opinion a wire saw but they call it a bandsaw.
www.ColorQuestLapidary.com/Photos/OUR SHOP/band saw1.jpg
and
www.ColorQuestLapidary.com/Photos/OUR SHOP/band saw2.jpg

@ Rockoteer

I have the following saws,
1 - 4" Hi Tech
1 - 6" Hi Tech
1 - 6" HP (I think)
1 - 12" Nelson (my workhorse)
1 - 16" HP
1 - 16" Royal (not in pics)
1 - 18" Loretone
1 - 24" HP

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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2012, 04:58:34 pm »


tks Harold 

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« Reply #26 on: January 11, 2012, 10:30:52 pm »

 Wow that is amazing.   iamjealous    Like my dream setup. I bet you got $30,000+ in all that stuff. Now I know who can slab up some of my Hickoryite. You slab 20 pounds and I give you 20 pounds.
Well sounded good to me.   saved2

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« Reply #27 on: April 29, 2012, 10:38:59 pm »

Yep I do believe you are a addict !
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« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2012, 09:19:21 pm »

Wow, what a shop to aspire to!!

 When you look up rock addiction in the dictionary - it shows a picture of your shop Lol
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« Reply #29 on: August 19, 2012, 01:56:56 pm »

Wow, what a set-up! One for me to dream about, for sure!
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« Reply #30 on: August 19, 2012, 02:18:11 pm »

It's nice to have the equipment available when that specific need comes along.  Like everyone loved the tour.
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« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2012, 06:28:33 pm »


I am using one of your pics as a destop pic on my laptop.  The one with the vertical flatlap/widebelt.

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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2012, 11:27:16 pm »

You can not fool me. That is a garage. :) :) Coolest garage that I have ever seen.

I never see chairs or stools in any of the shop pics. Do ya'll stand for hours and hours to do this stuff. My back would be p ode in fifteen minutes and tell me that there ain't gunna be no more of this. lol The only thing that I stand for is the slab saw and I have been thinking about lowering that. Maybe I should get on the VA to fix my back. yea, right.
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