They told me to use the Elmer's woodworkers' glue -- after 4
weeks soaking in water they are still *solid*!! Any ideas?
(short of dynamite!)
You didn’t say what size the stone/rock was that you wanted to
remove or what the dop stick material was. Here’s one way that
I’ve used successfully in the past with wood dop sticks. When
using this method with unpolished material you don’t have to
worry about scratching the it. When removing polished material
more care is required & the procedure is modified slightly.
Clamp the end of the dop stick in a vise.
Cut off the dop stick using a saw, as close to the stone as
If the stone was dopped on a polished side that must be
preserved, cut the dop off just a little short (1/16, .5 mm or
whatever you feel comfortable with) of the stone.
Use a knife, sandpaper or grinder to remove the remainder of
the dop stick.
Many faceters (in the U.S.) use dop wax, epoxy or krazy glue for
dopping material to metal dops. All of these materials do a
superb job of hold stones on dops & the stones are easily removed
at the appropriate time. Clean up is a breeze with any of them.
I’ve never used any of them for dopping rocks for slabbing,
there’s no reason they wouldn’t work, but may be a little
expensive. 100% silicone caulk works well as a cement for dopping
rocks to wood dop sticks. I’ve used it for rocks up to around
50#s. Never had one come off. If the dop stick needs to be
removed, a hack saw or any carpenters saw can be used.