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« on: April 07, 2016, 03:44:38 pm »

   Basic trim saws have many shortcomings. I always hate that you cannot put a large slab on them so I made a simple fix. I cut a piece of Plexiglas the size of the deck and the height of the sides. I cut a slot in it just large enough to go around the saw blade. Drop he Plexiglas onto the saw deck and you can now lay a large slab on the Plexiglas and have all the room needed. Yes, a little water dribbles off the side. You can also remove the front water shield to get those really big slabs on your small trim saw.

    Helper two:  I was having a group of school kids cut their own geodes. Water everywhere and what if a rock flies loose?? So I made a simple Plexiglas cover. The kids could reach through from the sides and hold the rock. This stopped the water and they could watch their rock turn into a gem.

     Number three:  slab cutter. I have the grabbers for cutting slabs but really do not care for the way they work. I simply cut some wood to fit between the saw blade and the edge of the saw. I attached screws and washers to hook it to the side of the saw. Just put the flat side of your small rock against the wood and slide it into the blade. You will get slab after slab the size you set it up for. You need to cut the wood extremely square and leave the amount of space you want for the width of your slabs.


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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2016, 04:37:39 pm »

I love "elegant" solutions. To be elegant a solution has to be as simple as possible. The wooden guide is something I'll be making next week. The slab to raise the slab is another elegant solution. I'll be making that too.

Thanks.  clapper
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