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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 262 - Friday, January 16, 2004
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Index to Today's Digest

01  NEW: Off the Dop
02  RE: cab grabber Help
03  NEW: XS3 Facet head
04  RE: burnout
05  RE: Cab Grabber
06  NEW: Preforming
07  NEW: Tucson Hob Knob
08  RE: Graves modifications & burn out
09  NEW: Girdle cutting with a Raytech Shaw Faceter

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Message:01

Subject: Re: Issue No. 261 - Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 19:18:25 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: mskelly <mskelly@gte.net>

Hi,
         I just finished cutting a 1-1/4 carat aqua in Jeff Graham's
"Hor-I-Zon Sun" design. The design is great, as is usual with Jeff's
designs, and it works well even with an Aqua althought it was intended for
Tourmaline.
         One of the nice things about this stone is that because it is
based on a round, it will fit standard commercial settings. (I popped a
similar stone straight into a Tripps triangle head of the kind that has
three pairs of prongs.)
         If you want to see a picture, take a look at
http://www.the-gemmery.com/temporary/Aqua.htm
         Regards,
                 mike in West Coast Florida

www.the-gemmery.com

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Message:02

Subject: cab grabber
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 19:50:16 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Denney Wilson <denney.wilson@att.net>

Graves used to sell (and I think they still do sell) the cab grabber.

Denney L. Wilson
Wilson Lapidary

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Message:03

Subject: XS3 Facet head !
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 20:10:39 -0600
To: "LapidaryArtsDigest" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: "Carl Mauritz" <gemhunter@frontiernet.net>

Hi Every One,

I bought the new XS3 faceting head from Gearloose. It is on it's way here
now. It will be mounted on my Graves Mack 1. From all the reports on it so
far this is the best one out there. It is made from Rockwell SS60. I'll put
pictures of it up on my web site when I get it set up. Happy faceting.

Warm Regards
Carl Mauritz
http://www.huntforgems.com

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I can hardly wait.

Thurmond
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Message:04

Subject: Re: burnout
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 06:56:05 -0700
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: Mark Zirinsky <mz@mho.net>

I long ago decided to keep my hobby a hobby. I probably spend $100 on
rough, tools, metal, machines etc for each $1's worth of anything
useful  actually produced. I have a great time doing it.

When someone asks me 'can you have it done by' such and such a date'
questions, I just tell them the truth: at my current rate of production, I
have an 18 month backlog, so yes I can have it done by that date, what year?

Now, the problem is, I have 2 groups who are willing to wait 2 years, and
put 1/2 down in advance. hmmmm..... now what do I do?

Mark Zirinsky
Denver
'private cutter buying rough and collections'

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Message:05

Subject: Cab Grabber
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 07:54:09 -0800
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "two" <two@eskimo.com>

Subject: cab grabber Help
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 18:51:01 -0500
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Tim Vogle <birdman@mindspring.com>

Some time ago there was a slab grabber,  spring loaded kind of like the old
double edge razor open up by screwing the top grabbed the cab and
retightening the nut.  Any one know if they still make these?  IF so Where
and who??

Thanks

tim


This was a tool called the CAB-MASTER Tool, the man who made it sold out to Diamond
Pacific in Barstow California. They made it for about two years and decided to
discontinue it about 97.

Tom

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I contacted Diamond Pacific and they sent me a short note that they plan to manufacture
it again in the future but most of their staff is currently in Tuscon so no further information
was available for now,

Thurmond

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Message:06

Subject: Preforming
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 17:28:41 -0500
To: <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: "wbarringer" <wbarringer@prodigy.net>

Hi Thurmond   How about a new thread on how people get a crystal ground
down near to faceting size and shape? I am probably missing the boat but
for me I use a 260 and just grind on the ultra tech at the diagram
angles until the stone gets close to size/shape...then I go to finer
laps. It takes FOREVER! How do you guys who know how to cut do it? 

Bill

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Hi Bill, I would like to here what methods others use as well. You might also like to look
at the link below on preforming.

http://www.gemcutters.org/class/paul/september.html

Thurmond
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Message:07

Subject: Tucson Hob Knob
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 15:02:17 -0800 (PST)
To: LAPIDARY ARTS & FACETERS DIGEST <faceters@caprock-spur.com>
From: Glenn Klein <glennklein@yahoo.com>

Hi All:
 
The evening to be at the OPLC Get Together in Tucson is February 7th.  That is when
Art Kavan and his group will be making all of us attendees happy.  Be there for an
evening of fun with your fellow faceters of the computer age air waves.
 
Glenn Klein
Lake Forest, CA USA

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Message:08

Subject: Graves modifications & burn out
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 07:29:50 -0500
To: "'lapidary@caprock-spur.com'" <lapidary@caprock-spur.com>
From: Tony Pope <Tony@stoffel.com>

<<As soon as my Machinist friend returns from a Florida vacation we will
make the prototype for that correction. If it works, this alignment tool
(Graves specific) will come with the "pinch bearing" replacement to a
small group for field testing prior to a production run. (Any one
interested? Send me your name, and mention if you have ever tried to
align your Graves, please.)>>

Hey Dave,
I'll be more than happy to help you out. I am able to adjust and align
my machine so that it does perform accurately. I find that after a few stones
that I must reset the pinch bearing adjustment. This is most frustrating.
Otherwise I love my old Graves with the ohmmeter addition.
Let me know if I can assist in any way. I am a graphic artist by trade.
Tony

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Message:09

Subject: Girdle cutting with a Raytech Shaw Faceter
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: "Ron RJO43 Jones" <ronjones@qantas.com.au>


I have acquired a Raytech Shaw Faceter and started to use it for the first
time and found that it makes you facet in a different way and makes
you concentrate and produce a very accurate facet.

Could the forum help out with this one when cutting the girdle I noticed
that the index wheel was resting on the hand piece plate while the
front foot of the hand piece was slightly above the plate.

While having the index wheel on the plate is still giving you the 90
degrees that you want I do not feel that it would be doing the index
wheel any good to cut the girdle while using the index wheel as the front foot.

When analysing this I wondered if by adjusting the front foot it affected
the accuracy of the machine and after the cutting of the girdle how
do you know what the original setting for the front foot was.

If any of the members of the forum can help me with this I would appreciate
it greatly.

Regards
Ron Jones


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