I can not recommend to highly that if at all possible to try and
find a club near you. For the life of me I can not understand why
this resource is so often discounted. To find one-
In any event the chances are, given a little patience, you will get
the best deal possible on a used machine there, if one shakes loose.
Besides there is a wealth of experience others are willing and able
to share; (most clubs have some members who are professional or
ex-professional also). You may be surprised, and I can not say all,
but I have found exposure to material I had no idea even existed
(then), it was there I first learned of variquoise, a number of years
back. As in, do you want to cut a piece of this? I will not state
that a class/shop will be open to you, although this is near
universal or at the hours you can attend, but in my opinion it would
be foolish not to look into it, at least.
At any rate, you should also post (again the best chance may be the
club’s newsletter) at the following.
This last, although a faceting list may be worth a shot, I have seen
this type equipment for sale, and occasionally there is a lapidary
I was surprised that you are asking for both a cabbing unit and flat
lap at the same time, you can cab with a flat lap, on softer
material, and especially opal, some use only that.
About a week back, or so, I posted a resource list, on it was a
section for the do it yourselfer. There are also plans to build your
own flat lap, and for that matter a cabbing unit. See the following,
this is from, literally a legend in the field, some of his works were
mandatory reading for years by the GIA-