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1  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: ID's please? on: June 21, 2015, 05:54:36 pm
I think #3 is a Palomino picture jasper
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Finished this Mexico Lace Agate Today on: June 04, 2015, 07:49:36 pm
engaging composition - keeps the eyes moving. excellent photograph.
3  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: How to post pics on: June 02, 2015, 10:54:24 pm
he was not asking about attaching pictures to a post. he was asking about the much less used gallery feature where pictures can just be uploaded to the gallery instead of attached to a post.

most here do not use the gallery, and I can't help with instructions. the category thing not working may well be an iPad browser problem. try from a laptop or desktop to see how the category thing should work.

or, just start a thread and put some pics on a post.
4  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: Translucent Indonesian Fossil Coral on: May 29, 2015, 09:59:11 pm
these are great quality. I also like the shapes, I would not recut any of these unless it was for a special setting.

I'm not sure about the LED. Have to see it to know what I think. My 1st thought was these stones deserve better than craft store setting.

How about just a backlit display?
5  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Got big Bertha home - need advice! on: May 24, 2015, 07:40:10 pm
... an adventure. now to slab be pieces.
6  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: New find - ooh lala on: May 17, 2015, 10:17:04 pm
handsome material
7  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Identification Inquiries / Re: Unknown slab ID on: May 09, 2015, 10:09:56 pm
hard to say .. could be Hampton Butte green wood
8  The Gathering / Shows and Events / Re: Lubbock, Texas Gem & Mineral show on: May 01, 2015, 08:47:09 pm
I put a lot of rough and slabs into a case in the Lubbock TX show. 98% of my rick is in storage back in Kansas, but I brought about 200lbs when I moved last month. A lot of it was to polish on the flat lap or for photographing - so it is some of my better showing stuff.

Also some of my new bolos, and a lot of my trimmed out bolos.




9  The Gathering / Shows and Events / Re: Lubbock, Texas Gem & Mineral show on: April 19, 2015, 01:42:20 pm
I joined this club when I moved to Lubbock last month. Looking forward to the show.
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Got this far and stopped. Need advice. on: March 13, 2015, 07:18:47 pm
if it dries it is almost a cement

you can use a fabric spot-cleaner pressure gun. but the pockets should be filled with a hard resin like Hxtal, then fine sanded and polished.

mineral oil will do nothing but leave your fingers oily
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Motor size for 14" homemade slab saw? on: March 10, 2015, 08:12:17 pm
Harbor Freight is a reasonable source.

Ebay works too. at lease 1/2hp capacitor start. cap run too if you can get it.

open drip proof, or totally enclosed fan cooled. rated continuous duty.

make sure it is 110/115v and not 220
12  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Update: bought a Lortone ST-10 (or LS-10?) slab saw - advice needed! on: March 08, 2015, 04:59:10 pm
the motor is about $80 if I recall. you can get a cheaper  4rpm gear motor surplus if the size is about right.
13  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Update: bought a Lortone ST-10 (or LS-10?) slab saw - advice needed! on: March 08, 2015, 04:19:01 pm
it is in good shape and you got a deal at $200.

I think you can put the motor for the LS12 saw in there. Lortone still sells it. You may have to source a new coupling because the motor shaft and the thread rod size have changed a little over the years.

the motor should not be able to turn in the box,but if it does, it can push against one of the wires connected to the switch. just re-insulate those 3 wires. there should also be a plate that goes on the motor to keep it from rotating in the box.

http://www.lortone.com/pdf/LS12C_Parts_List.pdf

plate is part# 052-22
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Looking at a Lortone ST-10 slab saw tomorrow - advice needed! on: March 07, 2015, 09:51:17 pm
if the guy never got it running in 10 years, you wont get a demo.

if the bearings turn smooth by hand, $300 to $375 is a good price.

personally I would take the both for $400. it is a reasonable price and no reason to rip the guy off - that may be you one day
15  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Looking at a Lortone ST-10 slab saw tomorrow - advice needed! on: March 07, 2015, 03:41:53 pm
i don't understand these comments.

if it is older it is likely the ls-10. there is often confusion. the one that is cube shaped with motor on top. people love those. people here love those.

even if not a ls-10, $400 for two saws is a good price - especially if has motors or blades with some life. no way it is "way high". there are threads here saying used ls-10 for $300 is a good price, and they sell on ebay for 500-550.

i bought used 10 beacon/starr for $140 at madras pow-wow in 2009, with no motor or blade or powerfeed or vise. . if a 10" saw has vise, motor, blade, then even manual feed is worth $275-$325. powerfeed add $50/75. good condition/clean can add a little too.

anyway, you can get bearings easy.

check sold listings on ebay
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