This is a request to all the lapidaries on Orchid. I need to build or
buy a large grinding/sanding lathe for the lapidary part of my shop.
I currently use an old CabMate as my trim saw, a two wheel Lortone
lathe with a 100 g diamond wheel and an expansion wheel on which I
fit 2.5" X 6" SC belts in various grits and I also built an 8" flat
lap that will go from 100 g to 50,000 g in various steps. I also have
an 8" and 14" slab saw. The flat lap works well for flats, but I need
a lathe for curved surfaces. I have been looking at various six wheel
(6") models from Kingsley North, Lortone, Cab King and others. I am
also willing to build one, but once I price the pieces and parts, it
cost more than a completed unit. Any thoughts, ideas, experience with
various lathes or just plain advice would be appreciated.
Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving; now on to Christmas and New