We are still talking about cabbing here, right? I sent a reply to
this question the other day but have further comment now. Depending
on the size and kind of stones you are cabbing, why are you dopping
them at all?? I haven’t dopped more than 5 stones in the past couple
of years but cut hundreds! Learn to cut without dopping. You will
save loooots of time and quite a bit of effort too. When I say ‘size
and kind of stones’ I mean, I cut everything down to 10x8mm by hand,
Smaller than that or stones that must be exactly cut to shape and
size for an inlay job or special order, I might use a stick.
Everything else, but especially free forms, I cut simply by holding
them in my hands. Yeah, I grind away lots of fingernails that way,
but believe me, by holding the stone one gets a totally different
feel for how the stone acts on the wheel, where its touching the
wheel, how its cutting, etc. etc. Result is a faster more accurate
cut and a much more enjoyable experience. I also teach all my
students to cut free hand and I rarely see one of them dop after
they learn how to do it. Just my 2 cents!
Cheers from Don in SOFL.