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« on: October 05, 2015, 06:48:20 pm »

Hello everyone on here. You guys can call me Radio

I found this site  looking for information on rivers and creeks here in Washington to go hunt, and have been perusing the site a bit. you guys have some fantastic rocks on here, as what I call Myself an amateur rockhound I enjoy finding agates and other fun pretty rocks.

 a quick question on cutting slabs, I have some mahogany obsidian that im interested in cutting and am wondering the best way to cut it, I have a 6" lortone wetsaw combo with the grinding wheel and 2.5" expandable wheel and polish wheel and Im wondering if I should be worried about micro particles of obsidian getting into my body. I assume using a full face shield and a respirator would be ideal for cutting it. but I appreciate any info You fine folks here can give Me.

Have fun and happy hunting guys.

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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 07:09:10 pm »

Welcome from southern New Mexico.
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« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2015, 10:32:32 pm »

I don't worry about getting silica dust in my body. If I'm working obsidian dry on the sanding belts I wear respiratory protection. Silica dust is everywhere. It comes from finely ground up silica (sand) and it is a significant component of the environmental dust that you breath every day when you are working in your garden, travelling down a dusty road, living on or near a farm, riding your atv across the desert or you are the last vehicle in the wagon train heading out on a field trip. Reasonable precautions when you are creating silica dust in your shop is protection enough.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2015, 11:30:48 pm »

Thanks Bob. No dry sanding going on here, doing it all wet style.
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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 03:38:09 am »

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 04:18:05 am »

 welcome2 from Southern Oklahoma. Pull up a chair and join in the chitchat
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2015, 10:15:51 pm »

Welcome from Northwest Arkansas!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2015, 06:19:33 am »

Welcome from Western MA
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2015, 02:38:03 pm »

What part of this wet state Washington?

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I'm in Kent

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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2015, 03:29:41 pm »

 welcome2 ...........to the.......... chitchat ...............from New Mexico................. hatsoff
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What part of this wet state Washington?

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Olympia and the surrounding southern areas
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2015, 06:11:13 pm »

welcome from Maine
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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2015, 06:59:02 am »

 welcome2 from NYC

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« Reply #14 on: November 14, 2015, 08:59:15 pm »

just remember, rock hounding at riffe lake is closed and WDFW will fine you for artifacting (up to $600 or more) for picking up a rock.
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