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1  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hi From Azerbaijan on: April 28, 2016, 09:31:42 am
Welcome aboard from South Dakota.
2  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Newbie in France on: April 28, 2016, 09:29:08 am
Welcome aboard from South Dakota.
3  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Newbie setting up a classroom on: April 24, 2016, 02:23:20 pm
Welcome aboard from South Dakota.  yes
4  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Bump Wheels on: April 23, 2016, 11:53:05 am
Hey Gary, I'll take the R&B, the no name & one of the Frantoms to add to my collection. PM me. I can pay with paypal if that's OK.
5  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Bump Wheels on: April 22, 2016, 02:36:25 pm
Hey Gary, did you ever get the brand names off those 8" wheels ?  I'm just soda blasting the wheels I have in my collection to clean them up without removing metal & hanging them on the wall.
6  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Bump Wheels on: April 21, 2016, 11:42:28 am
Jhon, if Gary doesn't have 6" wheels, I think I have a couple that I could part with. Since this is Gary's thread, I'll let him have first crack.
7  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Bump Wheels on: April 20, 2016, 03:22:16 pm
Hey Gary, what brand name is on your bump wheels ? I've started a collection of them & might be interested if they're a brand I don't already have.
8  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Rough on the bench and slabs off the saw (general minerals board) / Re: Any clue as to what this is? Coprolite? Youngite? on: April 11, 2016, 05:36:15 pm
Not coprolite either.
9  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: anybody know what this is on: April 06, 2016, 07:36:44 pm
That was my thought too. Chaistolite.
10  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Mineral Specimens / Re: Purple really ? on: March 29, 2016, 09:16:34 am
No. It was dyed to catch the eye of tourists.
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Need info on the Graves Preformer on: March 27, 2016, 08:47:25 pm
Try contacting Graves directly. http://gravescompany.com/
12  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Cabbing on: March 25, 2016, 08:36:31 am
Mac, another thing to watch is your local news paper. Lots of rockhounds in the Pacific North West. Watch for estate sales featuring rocks & machines. Some of my best scores have been from estate sales.
13  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: Cabbing on: March 24, 2016, 05:22:24 pm
Hi Mac. Welcome aboard.

The easiest thing, and least expensive would be a vintage combination machine. Machines show up on ebay & other places all the time. With a combination machine you'd have a trim saw on one end , and grinding, sanding and polishing capabilities on the other. Another plus is many combo machines don't take a lot of room to set up.

Not trying to push this machine. It's just for an example of what to look for. I found this on ebay in just a few seconds of searching. Just look under vintage lapidary machines. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MDR-M-D-R-Lapidary-Saw-Grinding-Polishing-Grinder-Machine-/252329351218?hash=item3ac0005832:g:EOUAAOSwxp9W8eYS

Don
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Ameritool 8" Flat Lap Water Outlet Pipe Cleaning Tool? on: March 19, 2016, 09:04:17 am
Before trying to scrub out that outlet tube, try running something like Lime Away through it, followed by clean water.

For a fairly flexible cleaning brush, try the brushes used for cleaning restaurant coffee pots. I wouldn't use any type of wire brush, no matter how soft the bristles are. You're dealing with plastic parts. Use a plastic or nylon brush.
15  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: What is it? on: March 14, 2016, 07:25:42 pm
If you plan on making your own jewelry, those are well worth hanging onto. If not, you'll have no problem selling those or trading for a niece piece of lapidary equipment that you need.

For maximum value you'll want to polish the mandrels to a high shine. Rust scale or pits will leave marks in jewelry metal.
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