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[Source] Lathe for cutting groves


#1

im looking for a lathe for cutting groves for inlays on bi-colour
wedding bands. we used to use a machine from the 1970’s that used
diamond or tungsten bits. it had a swivel handle also used for
cutting the curve on court rings and skimming the surface for flat
bands. has anyone got a website link or thoughts who to contact?can
cheaper metalworking lathes be adapted for this use?

thanks, jon


#2

Have you considered doing the groove cutting on the wedding rings in
wax? It is quite easy to set up wax to do lathe work, using a regular
flex shaft, and some simple tools. Kate Wolf showed us this method,
and it is very quick, and easy to control, without investing (not
meant as a pun, sorry) a large amount of money. You can even create
you own simple shapers if you wish to repeat the same shape often.


#3
doing the groove cutting on the wedding rings in wax? 

It was Jim Binnion who clued me in about the latest, dedicated
wedding band lathes. I can’t speak for him, but I’d say if you
dropped him a line he’d likely be helpful, as always.

We get auction flyers from someone - sorry, but I forget the name
because we don’t pay much attention to them… That liquidates
jewelry machinery. Different people but the same business is:
http://goldmachinery.com/

They also have a presence on Ebay, which I can’t put here on Orchid -
search for Gold International Machinery as a seller. As with all
liquidators, they only have what they have at the moment, but they
have lots of industrial strength equipment, all the time, too.

I see right now they have a Gudel Type 30, 6-Position Semi-Automatic
Ring/ Band Brocading/Copy Engraving Machine - aside from 16 general
purpose lathes - don’t know if that helps…:slight_smile: There’s 379 lathes
listed on general EBay, too… a 35" 9 axis monster for $379k?