I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things.
I am in the studio though so that’s good otherwise I might have to start worrying.
Since we last spoke I’ve sparked up the old slab saw and cut my first cabs on the CabKing.
The Lapidary machine is a lot faster than the JoolTool and I think I prefer it simply because it has more power and grit. The slab saw is amazing. I thought I would just be using it for cutting the slabs and keep my smaller saw for trimming them into cabochons, but in the flick of a switch the automated slab saw becomes a manual trim saw and it cuts like butter.
It uses mineral oil which is a little messier, although not that much as to bother me at all really, and bonus point, I’ll definitely have the softest hands in town by the time I’m finished cutting all the rocks I bought 🙂
I am going to have to practice, a lot.
The JoolTool was easier because I could see the stone from above as I trimmed the edges, etc. You come in more at a slant to the wheels on the CabKing and I don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of it yet.
See how that bottom cab’s top right corner isn’t the same as the left hand corner? The oval one is good, that’s just the angle of the camera, but the bottom one may well have to go back to the sander.
Another thing is that I found it was easier to miss small scratches on the top of the cabs. I just couldn’t see properly. Again I’ll just have to watch out for that instead of getting so excited to see the end result.
I’m definitely going to keep the JoolTool. It’s extremely handy for taking just a fraction off the side of a cabochon that you’ve fit a bezel too tightly for and for polishing. The CabKing has a polishing pad on its side, but I like using the JoolTool for finishing and I feel it will be more convenient for using different pads with different compounds on them.
I did have to work through the fear factor of it all when I first started, but actually once I got going it was fine. I still have all my fingers and toes
Here are some newbies.
I cut this Carnelian on the JoolTool
I’m off now to see what more damage I can do