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A clamp made from wood and carriage bolts will aid in slab sawing those small remainders of rock.
GEMS & MINERALS #490 Aug 1978 pg. 35

Tip: How to make a platform that will hold a thunder egg while you cut it in half.
GEMS & MINERALS #513 Jul 1980 pg. 24

Tip: Wooden V-block is used to clamp gemstone "coconuts", thundereggs, etc. when sawing them in half.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #522 Apr 1981 pg. 28

Tricks with a trim saw. How to get more from your gem cutting equipment.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #522 Apr 1981 pg. 48

Tip: Shop-built system for salvaging used oil from a slab saw.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #526 Aug 1981 pg. 54

Tip: Shut off slab saw power switch with your hip using this accessory.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #526 Aug 1981 pg. 54

Tip: How to start a true cut on a well-rounded stone when using a slab saw.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #528 Oct 1981 pg. 49

Tip: Make small "jacks" from bolts and nipples to ease the strain on a slab saw vise.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #540 Oct 1982 pg. 21

Tip: Install an amp meter on a rock saw to facilitate adjustments.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #549 Jul 1983 pg. 22

Tip: Use kitty litter to absorb saw cutting oil from cut slabs.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #551 Sep 1983 pg. 52

How to assemble the 8" trim saw kit from Covington Engineering (Redlands, CA)
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #558 Apr 1984 pg. 26

Tip: How to saw small gemstones by dopping them to a piece of glazed tile.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #561 Jul 1984 pg. 39

Tip: Use plain Elmer's glue and pieces of wood to hold nubbins when slabbing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #561 Jul 1984 pg. 39

Wooden bracket to hold a geode or "cocoanut" when sawing into equal halves.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #569 Apr 1985 pg. 33

Tip: Use wedge-shaped pieces of 2x4 wooden stock to securely support rocks in various unusual angles for cutting on a slab saw.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #574 Sep 1985 pg. 52

Use your slab saw for trimming.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1978 (v.32#3) pg. 834

How to build a 20" rock saw. Description of the experiences one builder who purchased a set of plans for $5 to build a rock saw. Suggested modifications are described and photos accompany the article. Est. cost: $329.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1978 (v.32#6) pg. 1310

A guide to five methods of proper gripping of material while slabbing.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.33#6) pg. 1356

How to cut geometric preforms on the trim saw.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.33#6) pg. 1430

Diamond blade protection. Home-built safety device cuts off all power to a slab saw feed drive whenever the blade is not turning. Prevents damage to blade or drive mechanism.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1981 (v.34#12) pg. 2586

Building a 36" rock saw from an Ideal Saw Kit. Some tips.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1983 (v.36#12) pg. 2030

Constructing a "mud saw" for slabbing and trimming rocks.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1983 (v.37#9) pg. 1352

How to build a 12" trim saw.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1984 (v.38#4) pg. 618

Safety tips for using trim saw and grinding wheel, importance of ventilation, and tips on hand care.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1986 (v.40#1) pg. 79

Tip on slabbing small agates in thin slabs without wasting any of the material.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1986 (v.40#2) pg. 16

Homemade trim saw attachment. Convert your bench grinder into a trim saw.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1986 (v.40#3) pg. 60

Tip on sawing a piece of rough equally in two to create matching stones.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 56

Tips on improving the 24" Mohave Saw Kit.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.40#7) pg. 56

Tip on recovering oil from the "oil mud" found in rock saw oil pits.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1988 (v.42#6) pg. 69

How to square up the cutting edge of a worn diamond blade.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 75

Tip: Separate slab-saw cutting oil from debris with this simple separator made from a 5 gallon bucket and an oil pump.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1988 (v.42#8) pg. 75

Tip on using waterglass (sodium silicate) to cement gem material to a block of wood before cutting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1989 (v.42#10) pg. 81

Tip: How to save every bit of good material when slabbing by gluing the nub to a wooden block.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1989 (v.43#2) pg. 70

Tip on reclaiming slab-saw oil.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1989 (v.43#2) pg. 70

Two tips on capturing the sludge in the cutting saw pan.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1989 (v.43#3) pg. 68

Tip on reclaiming cutting oil. Cold weather will the cause the water (ice) and sludge to be separated from the clear oil.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1990 (v.43#10) pg. 97

A perfect fit. Details of a rock saw and technique for creating precision-cut pieces suitable for mosaics.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1992 (v.46#8) pg. 71

Tip on using a trim saw to cut a slab into cabochon blanks.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1994 (v.48#5) pg. 108

Advice on using an electric tile saw in place of a more expensive slab saw.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1999 (v.52#10) pg. 16