Here I go again designing a machine to do what I want, and I
thought, gee someone has done this before.
My current project is making candlesticks out of Texas red
agate. The desired length of the agate portion is about 7" long,
0.750 in diamater.
Too slender to do by a core drill, too difficult to get this
symmetrical and evenly ground by hand.
So, before I glom together a lathe to attach to my diamond
grinding wheel, making what the machinists would call an "outside
diameter (OD) grinder) for lapidary materials. I thought I would
ask the group if anyone has done this before, or if there even is
a commercially available machine that I can buy, rather than
I don’'t mind building my own, but it always takes 4 times as
long as I think and at the end I have made a machine, not
Any “quick and dirty” suggestions?