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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 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.

 on: September 19, 2018, 09:28:17 AM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by denverkris
Hi Everyone!

I just realized I hadn't dropped by to introduce myself yet. I am fairly new to lapidary. I'm primarily in it to make cabochons for jewelry, and, well, just because it's fun :azn:. I just recently got my own machine after taking a class at the local cultural center and watching a whole lot of youtube videos (and reading books). For my endeavors I have picked up the following:

Lortone stainless steel 6 station cabbing unit with Nova wheels (similar to a Genie, Kingsley North sells them)
Lortone TS8-C trim saw (not quite sure why I went with something so big, but it sure does cut fast)

I think I also might have room for a dual arbor unit, was thinking of maybe picking up an 8" expandable drum unit? Any and all opinions welcome! Anyways, I'm enjoying all the conversation and pictures here, thanks for having me!

This is what I'm currently working on, definitely not finished yet.

 on: September 19, 2018, 07:59:17 AM 
Started by denverkris - Last post by denverkris
55fossil that's beautiful! I love it. And thanks a bunch, your reply makes a lot of sense. So, I took a look at Stonemon's entry, and while that's a lovely gem, I personally prefer a bit more doming. And btw the edges on the Gary Green one are a bit more distinct that what shows up in the picture, possibly because of the pattern? I've actually been trying a variety of "edges", I'm working on one now where like you said 55fossil, I'm trying to smooth out the edges, pic attached. This one isn't finished yet, so don't judge too harshly :p. I had to stop last night and clean and drain my machine before bed  :cheesy:

 on: September 19, 2018, 07:36:11 AM 
Started by olgguy - Last post by edgarscale
pm'd you

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