Scratches From the Master Lap


This column was written for the Lynchburg Gem and Mineral Society. It contains a wealth of information about faceting and especially the Graves faceting machine.

I. Scratches from the Master Lap Dedicated to Bill and Joan Baltzley

This column will be devoted to ideas submitted by members who are stone cutters – from tumblers to faceters. If you have a problem or have solved a cutting problem and care to share your solution, this is your column – please submit your ideas to the editor or myself. The title for the column was suggested by a problem that had me stumped to the point of giving up faceting: it is the topic of the first article.

Observation:

I was just about at my wits’ end: I had to re-cut a pavilion of a large pink Afghanistan topaz a third time to eliminate scratches which seemed to show up for no reason. I replaced my Master Lap with other laps and polish compounds which worked for a while, then the “scratches from hell” returned, ruining my attempts at perfection. (Hence, the name of this series of articles Scratches from the Master Lap!)

Problem:

City water has sediments in it: sand filters …

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  • I. Scratches from the Master Lap Dedicated to Bill and Joan Baltzley
  • II. Scratches from the Master Lap " Groovy Facets " by Dave Woolley
  • III. Scratches from the Master Lap " Slipping Girdles " by Dave Woolley
  • V. Scratches from the Master Lap " Prancing Pavilions " by Dave Woolley
  • V. Scratches from the Master Lap " Kiss the Corundum " by Dave Woolley
  • VI. Scratches from the Master Lap " Burnishing Baloney " by Dave Woolley
  • VII. Scratches from the Master Lap " Graves Grief " by Dave Woolley
  • IIX. Scratches from the Master Lap "Timely Tips " by Dave Woolley
  • IX. Scratches from the Master Lap " Going Against the Grain " By Dave Woolley
  • X. Scratches From the Master Lap "The Weighted Graves" by Dave Woolley
  • XI. Scratches from the Master Lap " Off Centered Alignment " by Dave Woolley
  • XII. Scratches from the Master Lap " Its That Darn Graves - Again " by Dave Woolley
  • XIII. Scratches from the Master Lap " Graves Run Amok " by Dave Woolley
  • XIV. Scratches from the Master Lap "Graves Reprieve " by Dave Woolley
  • "Graves Reprieve" revisited The Beale/Woolley OHM Depth of Cut Indicator
  • XV. Scratches from the Master Lap " Beale's Bee's Wax " by Dave Woolley
  • Addendum " Beales' Bee's Wax for Cabochons" by Dave Woolley
  • XVI. Scratches from the Master Lap "Spodumene Splinters" by Dave Woolley
  • XVII. Scratches from the Master Lap "Graves' Cheating Cheater Lever" by Dave Woolley

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