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Shop and Swap / Finally got it together
« on: March 11, 2016, 06:29:15 AM »
I've been spending a lot of time entertaining relatives but I finally put another batch of rough and slabs on Ebay.  Thanks to members suggestions I have included assortments and small batches this time.  I have tried to get pics that five the true nature of each piece, not just the best side.  If anyone would like more photos of any of them, let me know.  It can all be found here.

Mineral Specimens / Strange geodes
« on: February 27, 2016, 08:07:52 AM »
I have a bucket of these from an old collection purchase.  Can anyone tell me anything about them?  The gentleman I bought them from was completely ignorant of information on any of the collection.  It's been an interesting search to identify most of them but this one has me stumped.  Colors are very accurate and they are all shown dry.

Members Internet Activities and Promotions / New listings
« on: January 25, 2016, 08:13:37 AM »
I finally got another batch of material listed on Ebay.  I did find a few jaspers, but it really isn't where my interest have led me over the years, so there isn't a lot.  It can be found here.

Members Internet Activities and Promotions / Pretty nice stuff
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:33:02 AM »
Well the crystal sales were a bust so I'm on to selling cutting rough.  This is just a first attempt at what came out of the buckets on top.  It took a total of three days to list this batch including organizing, descriptions and photos.  If it turns out to be worth the effort, I'll start opening more drums and buckets.  If anyone has specific types of material they would like to see, let me know.  I have a huge variety.

Members Internet Activities and Promotions / downsizing sale
« on: December 10, 2015, 08:05:51 AM »
You may have to copy paste that address.
Some of these are starting way below market price.  Others are hard to part with and start closer to their real value.  Faceters might notice the giant heliodor crystal.  There are also a few large teepee canyon pieces as mentioned here recently.   Most of the rough is self collected going back over 40 plus years.
Next will come smaller crystal plates and then cutting rough.  There are still a lot of polished specimens and premium rough to be unwrapped.
  Also, if anyone is interested in lapis lazuli, I have quite a bit of very high quality material.

Mineral Specimens / Selling off
« on: November 24, 2015, 10:07:33 AM »
I've reached a point where I can simply not display all the wonderful specimens that we have collected over the years.  Before I list some of these I would like to identify them.  I bought these at an auction in which the original owner had passed and many of the specimens were misidentified.  For some reason Photobucket resized my shots and yellowed the color.

Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Best flux
« on: October 21, 2015, 04:54:04 AM »
Reading the post about flux not working got me to thinking.  The only flux I've ever used is plain old borax.  It seems other people use anything but.  Do those commercial fluxes work better than borax?

I've tried a lot of materials on the front of my cabbing machines over the years.  My first had brass sheet.  Lots of splashing.  I've had canvas,  Way too soft allowing float and splash.  Hard leather, wore out real fast.  Berber carpet, kept throwing thread.  Plastic, lots of splashing.  Has anyone found a material they really like for the purpose?

My kitchen project is on hold until the rain stops so I started designing my next cab grinder.  This is 48" wide with 2" between wheels.  Sanding wheels are 3" wide.  Hard wheels are 1 1/2" wide.  Bearing supports are aluminum blocks.  Arbor is 1" diameter with right and left threads on the ends,  Trays are HDPE and shields are polycarbonate or high impact acrylic.  Shaft spacers will be ABS tubing unless I can find a cheap source of nylon.  I would love to use aluminum plate for the base, but I sold my supply of that before we moved, so it will most likely be 1" cabinet grade plywood with Formica surface.  The motor will be 1/2 hp capacitor start.  Any and all criticism and suggestions are very welcome.  When complete I will be happy to post formal drawings.

I thought some of you might like to see what I found in the Australian opal barrels.  I faced a bunch of these and tried selling them on Ebay.  No takers.

Shop and Swap / Holly Blue Agate
« on: December 30, 2014, 02:55:50 PM »
I have put a number of pieces of choice Holly Blue gem agate on Ebay.  You can access one of them here.  From there you can find the others by searching my listings.
Trying to raise enough to make it to Quartzsite for the bbq.  If anyone is interested I have a lot more.  You can pm me for pics.  The largest is 522 grams.  All are fully saturated and very gemmy.
  I also have several very large pieces that are not saturated with color through the middle.  Does anyone know if this material will respond to heat treating?

Identification Inquiries / Movado
« on: December 28, 2014, 03:48:26 PM »
I bought several thousand pounds of rough from someone who thought he was going to make a fortune reselling rough.  After two dismal trips to Quartzsite, he sold out for what I was willing to risk.  Most of it is Brazilian agate, but I have a five gallon bucket of each of these.  The colorful stuff is marked movado and the dendritic is unmarked.  Any ideas?

Identification Inquiries / What the?
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:24:20 PM »
I found this on the ground with a few hundred pounds of Luna blue.  We may have found it on the same trip, or it may have come from somewhere totally unkown.  Sue has a tendency to mix things up on occasion.  Any ideas what this might be?

I picked up a Raytec 10" slab saw at an estate auction recently.  Since my shop is directly under the great room upstairs I really liked the fact that it is much quieter than the Beacon Star I was using, which is very loud.  I knew that the lateral vise is vastly inferior to the vertical vise and greater cross travel of the Beacon Star, but thought the reduction in sound volume was worth the sacrifice, so I sold the Beacon Star.  Huge mistake.  It turns out that the reservoir on the Raytec is so small that I can only cut about two hours before the oil becomes unuseable.  It also leaks oil all over the bench due to poor seal design.  I think I can change that, but changing the oil is incredibly messy because the auto feed cannot be removed and the oil on the surface cannot be removed before the table is lifted, so it runs down the top and onto the bench.  I'll be looking for another Beacon Star.

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