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Old 09-16-2018, 09:36 AM
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Wanted to buy - 20 or 24 inch diamond lap wheel

Anyone have one that they are not using ?
Email me @ ebenhorton at gmail dot com.

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Old 09-16-2018, 11:43 AM
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24" lap

Bernard Katz has got a 24" for sale on FB. he's in Blairsville, PA. also a nice polishing machine and belt sander.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:51 AM
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sorry, that was Bridgeport, PA, not Blairsville. near Philly.
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Old 09-16-2018, 05:11 PM
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Hi Tom. Yes I know ... but he sold it already
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:54 PM
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Well.. I just ordered a brand new one made by water jet designs with all the discs and pads.

Having a glass studio for 18 years with no grinding wheel was a good run...
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:58 PM
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Well, I'm curious about the specs of the tool as well as what it set you back. I know I would want at least 2K to build one without the pad.
So, shaft diameter, bearing types, wheelhead material. Does it have a central post? HP? Frame? Spill it.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:17 PM
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It was 5k when I account for disks, pads, and a few pounds of cerium. Pricey? Yes. I donít have the free time to build one so I am splurging on the luxury of having one made.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:19 PM
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https://www.hisglassworks.com/shop/m...d-grinder.html, this is the one...
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Having a glass studio for 18 years with no grinding wheel was a good run...
Whhhaaaaat? How in the world does that work??
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:06 PM
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Whhhaaaaat? How in the world does that work??
I flatten everything very carefully when itís hot with a slight concave bottom and fire polish.
In the extremely rare moment when I rush things and distort the bottom and it isnít flat, I hand lap on sheet glass with 120 grit Silicon carbide.

I do have a belt sander but that doesnít flatten things well.

Not havin a wheel makes one be a very good bottom paddler 😂
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:48 PM
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I'm with Eben
If you're not doing a sculpture punty you gotta get it right the first time. So, yeah, my stuff isn't that huge.

No one wants a leaner, and I hate cold work.
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A complete cold shop was expected back in the '70's. Many older glassworkers don't consider a piece finished if it is not ground and polished on the bottom. That doesn't seem true anymore but I still wince to turn a paperweight over and see a punty mark.

My machines were built for larger work with no motor being smaller than 1.5 HP and shafts at 2". Wheel heads are 30-38 inch diameter and 2" thick steel and mostly SiC grit driven. We keep at least eight spare wheel heads now but I haven't had to true a head since leaving New Mexico. I work the whole surface, not the sweet spot.
The big Lang, Somer and Maca and Somaca frames for these things disappeared 30 years back but they are indestructible. They pop up from time to time. Jim Clarke out of Boulder was trying to sell his whole cold shop a few years back but he wanted what it was worth, which is a lot.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:31 PM
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Yep. Shudder away Pete. This vase bottom is straight as an arrow. Zero trace of a punty.
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:30 PM
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It's paperweights that really bug me. Vases, not so much. I think a lot of the magic of a weight is "How did that get in there?" The bottom reveals a lot about process and I like to leave no footprints when I'm walking out of an optical trick.

That being said, no matter what, a piece should not rock on its base even an iota.
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I do love the paperweightvwith the double polished surface. The jack line is the window so to speak and then somewhere near the top is where you grind a spot for it to sit. Rollin is great at that.
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