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Congratulations to yukonjade and his Richardson Ranch Thunderegg Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 09:18:59 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by Kaljaia
Nice material!

 on: Today at 07:25:54 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Yeah, the SA-8 is exactly the type of unit I thought you were talking about. Good for you!

In combination with your 6" unit you'll be able to do pretty much anything you'll want to do. The 8"x2" (80 grit) to rough out cabs or window a chunk of rough so you know which way you want to slice it up on your saw. The expando with silicon carbide belts (diamond is $$$) to face polish specimens or slabs. You won't need anything else.

 on: Today at 06:44:52 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by lithicbeads
A little more frontal and have a uniform background, just  get the finger out and that would be covered. Your doing fine.

 on: Today at 10:03:47 AM 
Started by AlexR - Last post by denverkris
Super cool! Before I looked through the pictures I was like, "why would anyone want to..." I then I scrolled through. WOW! Amazing creations!

 on: Today at 08:50:43 AM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by denverkris
As stated, am working on my photography skills. Thought this one was decent looking. Cab isn't finished yet.

 on: Today at 08:44:42 AM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by denverkris
Hi Vitzi, unless we can actually find a contractor to do our garage addition (housing boom here), I'm going to be fairly space limited for a while. I'm currently working out of a small walk in closet in a spare bedroom/office/jewelry/lapidary studio. The saw takes up as much space as the cabbing machine does, and right now I normally just buy slabs so all I'm doing is trimming. But that said, ya I see you know exactly why I'm looking at the 8" machine :). I've already sanded off a few knuckles. I got used to the machines in my lapidary class, which were gigantic 100 year old beasts with huge wheels. I didn't think the cabs I was doing were particularly large, but in hindsight my 6" machine (and my knuckles) would disagree. I'm going to work on doing some smaller ones at least until I can get the 8" going.

Speaking of, I just picked up an old Lortone SA-8 dual arbor 8" machine off of ebay last night. They say the motor works, but it definitely has rust and will need a good bit of restoring, I thought it would be a fun project for hubby and myself :p. Thanks again for the welcome!

 on: Today at 07:00:11 AM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl

Your 8" saw is a good size to start with. We outgrew the 6" we started with pretty quickly.

An arbor with a 8"x2" coarse diamond wheel and expando drum would let you do larger cabs and slab polishing. If you do the rough shaping on it you can usually do the rest on a machine where the wheels are close together. The dome will let you hold your bigger cabs at an angle that will keep it away from the adjacent wheels.

Have fun!

 on: September 19, 2018, 07:09:51 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Welcome from Northern Arizona!   :hello:

 on: September 19, 2018, 06:22:29 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by lithicbeads
I love a dual arbor machine.Get good at switching wheels and it is lots of fun.Oh yeah, welcome to the group.

 on: September 19, 2018, 03:53:14 PM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by 55fossil
    Welcome to the club.  You have a good start. I definitely would go with an 8 inch dual arbor, so many ways to use it. Nice star on the cabochons.

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