Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Trim/Slab Saw Done...Rebuilt

Today I am posting some photographs of the Trim/Slab Saw that I said I was rebuilding and promised pictures when completed.
It all started when I was repairing a thumb screw that had broken off that holds in place a thickness plate...I had to drill out the screw and re tap the hole to put in a new thumb screw.
I was using a small hammer to move the thickness plate and accidentally hit the 10" Diamond blade and broke off a piece of the Diamond on the meant I had to order a new $100 Diamond blade.
While waiting on the ordered blade to arrive i decided to completely rebuilt this faithful old saw (have had it 42 years and it has served me well ), so I proceeded to completely disassemble it and strip all the paint off and make a new gasket out of a cork sheet I had to go on top of the tank that holds the coolant and then prime the whole machine with special primer for aluminum and finally coat it with a coat of tough green paint to restore it to it's original appearance.
Sorry I am so long on any photo below to enlarge for a better view.
Saw and stand in original shape before rebuild.
Base of saw with new cork gasket I made and new paint job.
Top rebuilt and painted and drying.
Saw Rebuilt with new paint and new Diamond Blade , also note, I made a Plexiglass splash shield to keep coolant from getting all over me while cutting.
All finished..good as new.
Rebuilt Saw and Rebuilt stand..I even made a new plywood top for the stand and painted the stand and top..all ready to go to work.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More Crowded Work Shop #2

This post I will show mostly some of the gemstones I have been making during the past couple of weeks.
I will start with the display on my Desk/ on any photo to enlarge.
Overall view of desk/workbench Gemstone display
Top row left to right
Australian Opal, Lightning Ridge Black Opal,Apache Gold ( 3 stones )
Second row L to R
Palmetto Picture Jasper,4-Apache Gold..far right-Picasso Marble ( Jasper )
Top row L-R
Chrysocola,2- Palmetto Jasper..3-Apache Gold
Second Row L-R
Bacon Opal ( Utah )4- stones,2 more Palmetto Jaspers,1-Rhodocrosite - Pink stone
( Sweet Home Mine Utah)
Next row down..more Palmetto Jasper 7 stones.
Far left last row- Spalarite ..Far Right 2- Montana Agate, below that- 2 Peruvian Dendritic Agates.
Far left 3rd row-Agatized Wood,Vezuvian Druzy (Ural Mountains of Russia ),just under Palmetto Jasper is 2-Jasperoid stones, 1Jasper ( light green), Blue/Gold Tiger Eye, Petowskey stone ( Michigan ).
Next row down L-R 6- Apache Gold, 5- Royal Imperial Jaspers ( very Rare )
Next row down L-R 4-Dendritic picture Agates, 3- Royal Imperial Jaspers, 4- NC Petrified Wood.
Next row down L-R 4-Arizona Petrified Wood,3-Picasso Marble/Jasper,2-Turquoise.
Stones on far right in next photo.
Stones from Far Right
7-Picasso Marble/Jasper stones
Next 8- stones, Picasso Marble/Jasper
Close up of Dendritic Picture row
Second row..close up Arizona Petrified wood ( 3-stones ) 2-Kaleidoscope Jasper ( Oregon).
Redish/Pink stones close up- Royal Imperial Jasper ( very rare )
Next to pink/red stones--3-NC Petrified Wood, below those..2- Picasso Marble/Jasper, 2- Turquoise stones.
Top Row..close up 3-Montana Agates
Next row down 2- Peruvian Dendritic Agates

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Crowded Work Shop/Never Big Enough

I decided to take you on a tour of my Work Shop that I built about 10 years ago.
As many of you probably find out..there is never enough space when having 4-6 projects going at once, such is my dilemma.
As usal , click n any photograph to enlarge.
Warning, this is going to be a Long post with many photographs.
Work Shop I built 12 x 14 ft.
My work desk with some of my recent work on it
Just above the desk, a photo of a Scrimshaw I did many years ago on Plexiglass
Just down the wall into the corner
In the corner,on top of the sound system, a rearing horse I carved from Black Walnut, and a Dance stick beaded and made from a Buffalo Rib Bone, and not quite seen, a buffalo carved from Black Walnut also. A Bison Skull an a peek at a couple feather fans I beaded and am in process of finishing.
On back wall, Display cases I built etc.
Farther down the wall into the corner, more Stuff, also showing some of the Wood Flutes I make.
A close up view of a BIG Powwow Drum I made and also an Eagle I hand carved( all one piece) from an Apple Tree( took 7 months to hand carve), and some of the Gourd Art I have done, and more Wood Flutes I made.
On the back wall, some of the Gourd Art I have done.
A closer view of some of the Gourd Art.
Two of the Diamond Saws I have, the largest on the right is a 14 inch auto feed with cross feed Diamond Slabing Saw, the one on the left is a10 inch trim slab diamond saw( have had this one about 42 years).
Both are Highland Park Diamond Saws..the Ultimate in Diamond Lapidary saws.
I see I am goin to have to present this tour in several posts, so I will break here and continue the tour with the next post.