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1  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: New shipment came in! Malachite, Pietersite, Mtorolite, etc! on: March 27, 2015, 08:10:04 pm
Ditto to what Mark posted

You have some nice piles of rock there

David
2  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Custom order on: March 27, 2015, 07:51:08 pm
Very Nice
3  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Shop / Work Area Safety / Re: Looking for opinions. on: February 18, 2015, 04:27:40 pm
Hope you are planning on having the exhaust go outside.  If not you do want to be using a hepa filter.
Remember the smaller the particles the worst they are for you, and the longer they stay in the air.  And if you do exhaust outside  not sure you need much of a filter as you are grinding rock not grinding precious metal.
4  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Beadmaking, Drilling, and Beading / Tutorials / Re: Local focal beads on: February 03, 2015, 02:49:49 pm
those a really nice.
What  is the bead store buying them at?

David
5  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing for Jewelry Design / Tutorials / Re: Grind silver on a diamond wheel? on: February 01, 2015, 12:30:36 pm
Same as Michael,  love to grind metal on the diamond wheels,  the water keeps every thing cool,  and if it does load with metal, just grind some stone.   Remember to keep the grinding water with silver, gold in it ,  let it dry and refine it.
6  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Mark on: February 01, 2015, 12:22:46 pm
mearic71 nice to hear there is some thing nice to collect in MA.  I'm in meto west boston, may have to take a road trip when it gets warm.

David
7  Custom Designed Jewelry / Members Personal Jewelry Design Experiences / Tutorials / Guides / Re: Ice Jadeite... on: January 12, 2015, 05:33:13 pm
very cool
8  Creative Stone Works / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Carving Tips, Tricks and Pics / Re: New year star on: January 02, 2015, 08:21:57 am
 awesome, beautiful caving
9  Custom Designed Jewelry / Show Your Custom Jewelry Designing Photos / Re: Steve's Finished Pieces for 2014 on: November 27, 2014, 03:24:45 pm
Very nice looking Steve. Great work.
10  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing /Soldering Saftey / Re: Alternative to hand saw. on: November 27, 2014, 03:23:07 pm
Hi mdfa.ca
Thought about sawing with a jewelers saw

When using a jewelers saw hold it like an over ripe banana,  you only need to use 2 fingers to saw.  Let the saw do the work.   Don't push the saw forward, if you push the saw you have to hold down your  metal harder, which means that you can push harder which leads to holding harder which leads to......  You are working way to hard. 

On some scrap  start a cut and then try to have the saw blade going up and down but not moving in the cut, not forward or back just going up and down.  Now  think forward,  so little pressure you are not sure you are using any, and start to cut;   this is how to have a lot of control of the saw and not use all of your muscles  .

 Also shoulders down, you don't need to use them,  work with heavy elbows, down comfortably BY your sides not out to the side

Not having seen you do any sawing

Saw blade face with the teeth pointing down and out
Use wax or some lub on the blade
There should be at let 2 1/2 teeth per thickness of metal

Hope this helps you

David
11  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: "Parrot Wing" Chrysocolla on: November 02, 2014, 07:39:44 am
Beautiful looking material
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Utah's Pigeon Blood Agate on: November 01, 2014, 02:36:03 pm
nice fine, looks sweet!!!
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rock Hounding Trips, Tips, and Pics / Re: Brecciated Jasper 25 Pounder on: October 19, 2014, 05:21:21 pm
WOW
look great
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Help a newbie? Pixie pump/pulley problem :( on: September 30, 2014, 05:45:02 pm
I had a similar happen with a genie,  but it was stopping the motor from getting to full speed.   The problem was some water and or grit had gotten on the pulley shaft inside the bearing.  The fix that worked for that was to pull the pulley shaft out, ( it was scored) do a light sand on it to smooth it out, and just a quick light one in the bearing,  clean the shaft and bearing with alcohol and then oil it all.  No problems since then.
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Jade in MA? on: September 06, 2014, 06:37:16 pm
Hi mearic71

I'm in Newton Ma and have a 14" slab saw,   and would be willing to trade slabbing  for rough.

David
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