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GEMSTONE CUTTING & POLISHING EQUIPMENT
xx   GEMSTONE CUTTING & POLISHING

Convert a vise with removable jaw faces into a rock cleaver to split rocks and gemstones.
GEMS & MINERALS #486 Apr 1978 pg. 59

Build your own lapidary shop. Some tips.
GEMS & MINERALS #493 Nov 1978 pg. 30

Faceting for beginners. Part 11. A look at the accessories needed to make a faceting machine fully operational.
GEMS & MINERALS #498 Apr 1979 pg. 34

Tip: How to make a gem polisher from a twin head floor scrubber.
GEMS & MINERALS #498 Apr 1979 pg. 75

Faceting for beginners. Part 12. A look at accessories (measuring instruments and visual aids).
GEMS & MINERALS #499 May 1979 pg. 60

Faceting for beginners. Part 13. Accessories (continued). Covers thin bladed saws, stone cleaning aids, temporary records, workbooks, immersion fluids, stone holders and reference sources.
GEMS & MINERALS #501 Jul 1979 pg. 6

A poor man's faceter. A modified jamb peg machine that can be built for between $35 and $40.
GEMS & MINERALS #502 Aug 1979 pg. 50

How to separate the saw from the grinder in a combination unit.
GEMS & MINERALS #512 Jun 1980 pg. 34

Tip: Make an inexpensive system to deliver water to grinding wheels by using a water drip system for plants.
GEMS & MINERALS #517 Nov 1980 pg. 48

Tip: Build your own buffing machine for gemstones.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #521 Mar 1981 pg. 27

A new wrinkle in faceting. Homemade faceting unit utilizes a swinging dop arm.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #521 Mar 1981 pg. 54

Tip: Slab saw gemstone holder uses sheet aluminum and dop wax to hold a nubbins for sawing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #523 May 1981 pg. 22

Tip: Make your own copper laps for facet lapping from printed circuit material.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #525 Jul 1981 pg. 36

Diamond tools. Part 1. How they are made.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #526 Aug 1981 pg. 34

How to make and use a girdle marker.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #527 Sep 1981 pg. 87

Diamond tools. Part 2. What constitutes the perfect cutting tool for lapidary use and what are the best working conditions for using diamond tools.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #528 Oct 1981 pg. 40

Homemade sphere grinding machine and instructions for grinding spheres from gem material.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #543 Jan 1983 pg. 17

Special device which holds a Foredom flexible shaft handpiece for cutting intarsia designs into gemstone slabs. The unit is adjustable and pumps coolent over the grinding bit.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #543 Jan 1983 pg. 46

Tips on decontaminating a lap.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #547 May 1983 pg. 8

Slab saw techniques for bookends and clocks.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #547 May 1983 pg. 30

Tips on using the overarm lapping machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #548 Jun 1983 pg. 22

Tip: Eliminate need for a trim saw by using a faceting machine to trim preforms.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #550 Aug 1983 pg. 32

How to build a utility grinder with interchangable wheels for wet grinding, sanding and polishing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #554 Dec 1983 pg. 26

Tip: Wash your diamond grinding wheels in your dishwasher.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #555 Jan 1984 pg. 20

Automate your flat lap. Construct your own devices to (1) move the work across the face of the lap to prevent uneven wear of the lap plate and the work, (2) to supply the lap with grit, and (3) to supply the lap with water.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #556 Feb 1984 pg. 38

Tip: Drawing of a set-up that allows a person with crippled hands to facet with even pressure.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #558 Apr 1984 pg. 37

Tip: Use a dental mirror to clearly see the cutting action while faceting.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #558 Apr 1984 pg. 37

Tip: Use brightly colored paint on your faceting machine to make sure you do not miss one of the facets.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #560 Jun 1984 pg. 39

Tip: Make a wood push plate for use when grinding a cabochon blank.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #560 Jun 1984 pg. 39

Tip: Use pieces of indoor-outdoor carpeting as polishing pads on polishing discs or in vibrating lap pans.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #560 Jun 1984 pg. 39

How to make your own diamond cutting laps.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #561 Jul 1984 pg. 28

Tip: Make a small, hand-held jackhammer that would be a useful tool in setting jewelry. Made from an electric engraving tool.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #562 Aug 1984 pg. 20

Faceting tips for the beginner's blues. Part 1. Criteria for selecting a good faceting machine and recommendations about laps.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #563 Sep 1984 pg. 6

Tip: How to provide a supply of clean water from the fluid sumps of a grinding machine.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #564 Oct 1984 pg. 14

Tip: Place a 6" Ultra Lap on top of an 8" lap. In this way you can alternate between coarse and fine polishing without changing laps.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #564 Oct 1984 pg. 15

Tip: How to salvage cutting oil (kerosene).
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #565 Nov 1984 pg. 14

Light box for checking facet rough material is made from a large tin can and a standard bulb socket.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #568 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 33

Tip: Use "sculptor's thumbs" as sanding tools in lapidary and silversmithing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #568 Feb-Mar 1985 pg. 33

Tip: Use a pointed aluminum rod to mark slabs.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #569 Apr 1985 pg. 32

The ceramic lap. An in-depth discussion for faceters.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #571 Jun 1985 pg. 5

Planning a rockhound workshop. Some tips and ideas.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #571 Jun 1985 pg. 32

Tip: Make your own small rubberized abrasive wheels from pencil erasers.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #572 Jul 1985 pg. 26

Tip: Add white plastic identification disks to your faceting machine index gears. The disks clearly indicate the lock point on the index gear for each cut.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #574 Sep 1985 pg. 52

Those versatile arbors. How to get started in the gem cutting hobby using simple equipment that you build yourself.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #575 Oct 1985 pg. 32

Homemade, adjustable weights are added to the back of thin or irregular slabs to provide uniform pressure during the lapping process.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #577 Dec 1985 pg. 24

A gemstone egg-making machine. An attachment to be used with standard grinding equipment that will produce a smoothly flowing egg shape.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #578 Jan 1986 pg. 34

Girdling a faceted stone. Includes design for a positive, adjustable spindle rest accessory which can be easily built.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #578 Jan 1986 pg. 42

Tip: Adapt a phonograph cartridge pickup to amplify the grinding noise when faceting. Improves your ability to "listen" to the faceting process.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #579 Feb 1986 pg. 44

Manufacture, composition and application of ceramic laps used in hobby gem faceting. Includes tips on their use and care.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #581 Apr 1986 pg. 32

Tip: Make a brass scribe to mark stones before faceting or cabbing.
JEWELRY MAKING, GEMS & MINERALS #581 Apr 1986 pg. 51

How to make a perforated aluminum faceting lap. The face of the lap has about 150,000 holes that range in size from .005" to .015" in diameter. This lap will produce sub micron finishes on materials such as corundum, spinel, zirconia, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1978 (v.31#10) pg. 2084

Looking back on 40 years of lapidary enjoyment. Leo J. Mielke describes his workshop, some of his special tools and techniques. Photos and diagrams accompany the article.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1978 (v.32#5) pg. 1184

A rock polishing innovation. This homemade polishing set-up eliminates the need for an expensive flat lap or belt lap for the beginner. Consists of a used electric motor fitted with a 6" disk-type polisher using diamond compound. Simple wooden jigs and rubber bands hold the rocks being polished. Est. cost: $ 35.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1978 (v.32#8) pg. 1748
Added Info LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.33#6) pg. 1300

A new refractometer which can measure refractive indices up to 2.6.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Apr 1979 (v.33#1) pg. 288

How to build your own faceting machine. A detailed description and complete drawings. Requires a metal lathe, drill press and grinding wheel. A milling attachment for the lathe is useful.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1979 (v.33#4) pg. 918
Correction LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1979 (v.33#6) pg. 1387

Building a three-headed sphere machine. Part 1.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1979 (v.33#5) pg. 1108

Building a three-headed sphere machine. Part 2. Covers making the various types of laps and lapping material used to form the spheres. Also covers how to prepare the preforms and polish the finished ball.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1979 (v.33#5) pg. 1112

How to build a beginner's low-cost faceting machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1980 (v.33#12) pg. 2588

A look at the latest adhesives available for use in lapidary and jewelry making.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1980 (v.34#4) pg. 926

Sophistication in faceting machine design. Complete technical drawings for building a "universal" faceting machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1981 (v.35#3) pg. 664

For the beginning faceter. Part 6. List of information sources (books, magazines, etc) and comments on available faceting machines.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1981 (v.35#8) pg. 1638

Faceting is for everyone. An article designed to encourage those with an interest in lapidary to try their hand at faceting. Looks at homemade and commercial equipment and the basic techniques.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1982 (v.36#6) pg. 1012

Build an all-purpose lapidary saw, grinder, polisher and faceting machine. Made from plywood and miscellaneous hardware.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1982 (v.36#8) pg. 1356

Tip: Build a simple plastic shield to keep your vibrating lap from spattering silicon carbide grinding compound.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1982 (v.36#9) pg. 1611

An easy way to make rock spheres and eggs using this jig and a lapping machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1983 (v.36#10) pg. 1778

How to use an industrial microscope, equipped with an adjustable mirror mounted under the objective lens, to view small gems (5mm and smaller) during faceting.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1983 (v.37#5) pg. 696

Almost anyone can facet. How to adapt faceting machines for use by handicapped persons.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1983 (v.37#7) pg. 1072

Tips on charging a new copper lap with diamond powder.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1984 (v.37#10) pg. 1502

How to build a small (10") horizontal lap powered by a 1/10 horsepower motor.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Feb 1984 (v.37#11) pg. 1596

Make your own faceting laps.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Aug 1985 (v.39#5) pg. 45
Added Info LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1985 (v.39#8) pg. 10

Piercing the equipment veil. Several manufactures help potential faceters unravel the mysteries of how to choose equipment.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1985 (v.39#8) pg. 53

Tip: Make a cabochon lap by gluing cork to an old metal lap.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1985 (v.39#8) pg. 63

Tip: Use trisodium phosphate to make your grinding wheel cut much faster.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1986 (v.39#10) pg. 70

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 using a venier for finding the angle of the "cheater".
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1986 (v.40#8) pg. 69

Tips on successful techniques for using a flat lapping machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1987 (v.41#6) pg. 68

Low-budget lapidary. Tips on building some basic cabbing equipment yourself. Complete instructions not included.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1987 (v.41#8) pg. 57

A versatile tool. An experienced lapidary discusses the relative merits of more costly diamond tools.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1988 (v.41#12) pg. 46

Tip on using plumbing pipe nipples or plastic couplings as cutting cups when making gemstone spheres.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1988 (v.42#9) pg. 94

Polishing laps for faceting. Characteristics and reasons for the different materials used in polishing laps.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1989 (v.42#12) pg. 62

Do-it-yourself lapidary. Update a workshop with more creativity and less expense. Ideas include a polishing lap, sanders, exhaust system, etc.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Oct 1989 (v.43#7) pg. 35

Tip on reclaiming diamond powder used in lapidary.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1989 (v.43#8) pg. 86

Tip on making a speed indicator for a faceting machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jun 1990 (v.44#3) pg. 93

Tip on keeping a bezel tool from slipping.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Dec 1990 (v.44#9) pg. 110

Concave faceting. Ten commandments for cutters working with the new OMF (Optically Magnified Facets) Faceter, a machine designed to cut curved facets.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL May 1991 (v.45#2) pg. 82

Cabbing (cutting a stone into a rounded shape without facets). An introduction to lapidary as a hobby. Part 2. Saws and other equipment.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Nov 1993 (v.47#8) pg. 69

Cabochon-making equipment. Grinder/sander units (commonly referred to as a lapidary).
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jan 1994 (v.47#10) pg. 117

Tip on making your own wax lap from beeswax.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1995 (v.48#12) pg. 97

Shoe-shining cabochons. How to make a hand-operated sanding belt and dop stick holder for putting the final curve on a cabochon.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Mar 1997 (v.50#12) pg. 80

Lapidary choices in diamond wheels, belts, and discs. An overview.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1999 (v.53#4) pg. 62

The fascination of faceting. A award-winning facetor's advice on buying your first faceting machine.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Jul 1999 (v.53#4) pg. 71

Grind your own gemstones with this simple, inexpensive motor-driven grinder/polisher with built-in water system.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1965 (v.123#1) pg. 150

Make your own gemstone faceting machine.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1971 (v.135#2) pg. 156

Home-built vibrating polisher works four times as fast as commercial versions costing $200. Est. cost: $50.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1976 (v.145#1) pg. 103

Plans for a complete lapidary shop including a saw and grinder cabinet and a tumbler cabinet with an enclosure to reduce noise.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1972 (v.28#4) pg. 22