The first instalment of the lapidary area has to be
the home made equipment I use to cut stone. I encourage anybody with a D.I.Y. bent to have
a go - this isn't rocket science! A few
simple safety precautions like keeping electrics dry and belts covered will yield
perfectly capable equipment for a lot less than new commercial alternatives. Of course if
you can afford new
or find good second hand gear then go for it - more time to play with the rock.
My gear isn't pretty but it does work well and has enabled me to pursue first my hobby and
more recently my business. One word of warning - work it out first, it isn't necessarily
build it yourself - my flat lap probably cost more than a cheap new one -but I think it is
better, and the 1 1/2 inch thick lap plate will last several life times!
Home made equipment:- Tumbler, Grinder, Sander/Polisher and Flat Lap.
Any comments, suggestions, questions or details of other
relevant sites please email me