The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

FARMA


Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems




Author Topic: Lapidary or Rock saw  (Read 10011 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Dave Shepard

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 11120
  • Age: 2014
  • Location: Alford Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
  • Geometrically proportional
    • Share Post
    • My homepage
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2010, 02:19:51 PM »
I'll have to search later for a close up of the wire. It is basically a small cable with little "bullets" of metal impregnated with diamond bort. These bullets are separated by springs. Here is a shot of a wire saw, unfortunately you can't see the wire very well.

Wood-Mizer LT40HDD51-WR Wireless, Kubota L48, Honda Rincon 650, TJ208 G-S, and a 60"Logrite!

Offline Tom

  • In Memoriam
  • *
  • Posts: 25838
  • Age: 76
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • Toms Saw
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2010, 02:44:42 PM »
When I was take to the Marble quarry in N. Georgia, about 50 years ago, they were cutting the big blocks into tombstone size pieces with a wire.  It was described to us as "just a wire" and looked to be about the size of the bass E string on a guitar.   The man said that the cutting was actually done with the slurry.  It was a fairly thick mixture (like milk of magnesia or thicker) of marble dust and water that was continously flooded onto the cutting surface.   It didn't cut like a saw, but was much slower.  It didn't move very fast, nor did the workers.  They always had something else to do while the cut was being made.  Sometimes it would take an entire day to cut through a big block. Some of the blocks were 10' but the wire, used like a horizontal bandsaw without all the guide paraphanalia, allowed them to span most any size.
extinct

Offline Dave Shepard

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 11120
  • Age: 2014
  • Location: Alford Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
  • Geometrically proportional
    • Share Post
    • My homepage
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2010, 05:39:21 PM »
The slurry method was used until diamonds were adapted for use in stone sawing, which I think was only about 30 years ago. Even with the diamonds, it's slow going. That block on the saw will be broken down into components that can be sawn on the 2 meter and 1.5 meter radial saws indoors. My boss owns an old marble quarry across the valley from me. They used a steam powered recip saw. The blades look just like a two-man crosscut, but without any teeth. A continuous flow of water and sand did the cutting. These saws would get very thin in the middle, until they broke. We've found many of the broken blades working the property. We found one block that had a cut about 14' long, which means they must have had a blade a good bit longer than that. They use similar technology today, only with 80 or 100 blades in a sash, and diamond segments on the blades.
Wood-Mizer LT40HDD51-WR Wireless, Kubota L48, Honda Rincon 650, TJ208 G-S, and a 60"Logrite!

Offline Jeff

  • Fearless Leader
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 48283
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Harrison MI
  • Gender: Male
  • I know that I do not know.
    • Share Post
    • THEE Forestry Forum
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2010, 05:48:53 PM »
I'm hoping new member Phantom9  can help lead me to where I need to go so I can start slicing my stones for future projects.  WINK WINK
Just call me the midget doctor.
Forestry Forum Founder and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer.

Commercial circle sawmill sawyer in a past life.
Ezekiel 22:30

Offline Gilman

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1339
  • Age: 49
  • Location: Camas, WA
  • Gender: Male
  • !eliforp ym tide ot deen I
    • Share Post
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2019, 05:36:11 PM »

 2001-2002 WoodMizer Way had a guy sawing "rock" with a WM mill ???
Does anyone have the article of the sawing of Rock on a WM?
Or, it's been 9 years, is anyone currently sawing rock/silica with a WM?
WM LT70, WM 40 Super, WM  '89 40HD
Cat throwing champion 1996, 1997, 1999. (retired)

Offline Dave Shepard

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 11120
  • Age: 2014
  • Location: Alford Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
  • Geometrically proportional
    • Share Post
    • My homepage
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2019, 08:57:21 PM »
I do, somewhere. It doesn't say much, other than he was cutting Miami oolite.
Wood-Mizer LT40HDD51-WR Wireless, Kubota L48, Honda Rincon 650, TJ208 G-S, and a 60"Logrite!

Offline luap

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 233
  • Location: western Upper Penninsula
  • Gender: Male
  • Not as good as I once was
    • Share Post
Re: Lapidary or Rock saw
« Reply #26 on: September 23, 2019, 01:31:00 PM »
My  sil with his father own and operate Minnesota Lapidary supply located in Princeton, MN. They take used equipment in trade so they have a varying inventory  of saws and tumblers. They operate a retail location but do a lot of online business from their website and supply the polishing grits and supplies. you would probably have to call to ask about the used equipment. They have a printed catalog as well. http://www.lapidarysupplies.com/catalog.php


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Rock oak...

Started by Kbeitz on Sawmills and Milling

11 Replies
2294 Views
Last post March 21, 2016, 06:38:05 PM
by Kbeitz
question
Rock ID

Started by Bibbyman on The Outdoor Board

18 Replies
6337 Views
Last post July 25, 2008, 08:48:41 AM
by Roxie
xx
Rock elm

Started by jackpine on Sawmills and Milling

1 Replies
917 Views
Last post December 21, 2011, 08:25:44 PM
by WDH
xx
Rock Hound ?

Started by Autocar on General Board

13 Replies
1523 Views
Last post May 06, 2012, 02:50:39 PM
by Autocar
 


Powered by EzPortal