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LoneWolf
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24 January 2019 09:15 pm

Well, after a bit of a delay(clean up), I thought I might show what a bit of 'imagination' can make... cool

Here is my Flat Lap that is actually made from an old Victa Lawnmower... The Fellow who made it used a lawnmower base plate, bearing and a few pulleys and mounted it on a frame....He has made a great little machine and I have used it heaps...
I have an old book printed in 1968, that has about 30 Plans of Lapidary Gear and I have made a few things from the book... Some good, some not so good.. kiss
If anyone wants something and they are handy with tools, let me know as I might have a Homemade Plan for it... koala

Who needs to spend big bucks on Lapidary Gear... smile
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LW....

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25 January 2019 01:03 am

thumbsup perfect money

ray


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25 January 2019 09:02 am

Neat job there LW big_smile perfect

The iconic Aussie Victa - is there anything it can't do? lol

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LoneWolf
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25 January 2019 11:26 am

After seeing this thing in action I had to have it... smile I do feel the electric motor is a little too big... Might have to have a hunt around for something a little smaller but just as efficient.... The new motors these days are much better in power usage...

LW....

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Dihusky
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25 January 2019 04:50 pm

What size do you want mate, have a spanking new 600w 3 speed motor here all set up with the switch gear if you're interested. Too big for what I bought it for and came without a wiring diagram, that sorted though.

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26 January 2019 04:18 pm

Thanks Dihusky, might have to have a look.... I have a mate who deals in Large Electric motors and he feels something might be better than what is fitted... But then again it has to spin a 5mm thick steel plate at pretty high revs...

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26 January 2019 07:43 pm

The motor I have is 'high torque' designed for spinning big fans so should fire that up easily.

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27 January 2019 01:09 am

Mmmm interesting... I will look into it further and get back to you (I still need to cut that Mookaite wink ) ...
I have been 'advised' that something in the 1/2 to 3/4 HP range would/should be better but I think the torque of these motors is not up to scratch... I haven't used it much in the past 6 months as I need some new laps that are now back in stock at Aussie Sapphire. Large laps with a centre hole have been hard to find lately in Australia.. im keen to start doing some things soon as I have some Northern NSW Thunder Eggs that would polish up real nice.... koala

LW....

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27 January 2019 09:19 am

What is a thunder egg?

Goody smile

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indi
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27 January 2019 10:32 am

Thunder egg is a type of Agate normally from Qld really beautiful and a sphere shape

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27 January 2019 11:07 am

LoneWolf wrote:

Mmmm interesting... I will look into it further and get back to you (I still need to cut that Mookaite wink ) ...
I have been 'advised' that something in the 1/2 to 3/4 HP range would/should be better but I think the torque of these motors is not up to scratch... I haven't used it much in the past 6 months as I need some new laps that are now back in stock at Aussie Sapphire. Large laps with a centre hole have been hard to find lately in Australia.. im keen to start doing some things soon as I have some Northern NSW Thunder Eggs that would polish up real nice.... koala

LW....

3/4Hp = 550W so about the right size. Anyway it's here if you want to take a look, we're around over the weekend.

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27 January 2019 11:14 am

Here is a quick guide to Thundereggs...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderegg
And a couple of pics of Australian ThunderEggs... Im lucky, I have a very local dig for these, but unfortunately its a Pay-to-dig site, there are ways around that tho... I have a mate that has some Eggs on his property that weigh around 6 ton... He has had a smaller one cut in half and now that is his outdoor dining table...
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And you can never tell what is inside till you cut them... Different areas have a different filling ... Not one of mine, but a nice little Surprise...
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LW...


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27 January 2019 11:19 am

You would never thing they could even look that nice inside of them...

I have picked rocks and sparkling things up,

But have always put them back on the ground...

Is there any value in them?

Goody smile

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27 January 2019 11:32 am

And a rare Double Thunderegg.... THE ROCK IN HER HANDS... YOU DIRTY MINDS... cool
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27 January 2019 11:37 am

Looks like a Mt. Tambourine Egg! yikes


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27 January 2019 11:42 am

Yes and no... Depends of what is inside.. Although the 'Leaseholder' of Thunderbird Park would think they are as valuable as Gold..... roll
Some have crystals, some have no pattern at all ... As I said Natures little surprise... You cant tell till you cut them open... There is quite a few locations in Australia, with quite a few in Northern NSW.. Mt Warning area would be your closest... They are associated with volcanic activity...

Yes Jaros they are... kiss

LW...

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27 January 2019 11:54 am

Any at Coffs harbour area?

Thank you for the info on them...

Goody smile

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27 January 2019 11:59 am

Now here is something very rare these days...
Back in the 60's you could find these in Doon Doon ck, near Mt Warning everywhere... But they are very fragile and if you had a look now you MIGHT find tiny bits of them...

They are the Quartz inners of Thundereggs found at Doon Doon ck after the outer has weathered away...
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LW...


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27 January 2019 12:04 pm

goody2shoes wrote:

Any at Coffs harbour area?

Thank you for the info on them...

Goody smile

No worries... As I said closest to you would be Mt Warning area , near Murwillumbah NSW... If ever you come up to the Con-Coast (Gold Coast) I will take you out to my secret spot.. wink

LW....


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27 January 2019 12:12 pm

Do you still find theses Quartz inners of Thundereggs ?

It's amazing what Australia has laying around on and underground,

Secret spot LW....would like that..

I would take you to mine if I had one lol

Goody smile

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27 January 2019 12:31 pm

goody2shoes wrote:

Do you still find theses Quartz inners of Thundereggs ?

It's amazing what Australia has laying around on and underground,

Secret spot LW....would like that..

I would take you to mine if I had one lol

Goody smile

No I don't think you will find any now...

Well not so secret spot, but after a massive flash flood they are everywhere in the same creek now.... Better than paying $25 for a very small bucket full that quickly dwindles down to, if you are lucky 3 or 4 after some very quick hands remove the 'no good' ones.... roll
I was in the 'Mine Shop' once and a small boy was sooo happy finding a bucket full... within 3 seconds his bucket full ended up as 3 single eggs... The look on his face was so disappointing brokenheart ... Latter on I grabbed his mum and son and gave them a heap of mine... poor kid, He was close to tears...

As for your 'Secret Spot'... Well you are already there.... Where you live Goody... tongue thumbsup perfect

LW...

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27 January 2019 12:59 pm

Yes I do live in paradise....

I feel for that little boy...

I hope he kept doing it and never gave up..

That is a very good deed you did for that little boy,

Thank you LW for doing that...

It is always nice to see good people doing lovely thing's for others...

Goody smile

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LoneWolf
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27 January 2019 02:55 pm

Thanks Goody, I couldn't bare to see him soo disappointed. I had a good chat to his Mum after and hopefully they will keep going with the Hobby... When im a Field Guide at some Gem Events, I always help the young ones, as they are our Future and they show so much interest...

The Fellow behind the counter is a real XYZ sometimes and was very stern with them.. He is nice as pie, then once you hand over your $$ he changes... ANY rock/Thunderegg sticking over the rim of the very small bucket is quickly discarded down a hole in his bench... No matter what it is... Reminds me of that Game with a hidden peanut and 3 cups... His hands are very Quick... roll

There are too many Rocks for me to dig Alone in this World... So I like to share- After I find My share... smile ... cool

LW....

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11 July 2019 10:47 pm

Hi my son (6yo) and myself started egg hunting a week or so ago. We live on Gold Coast and would welcome any suggestions for egg hunting or secret locations. We have done the thunderbird park a week ago but would rather something not so picked over. Any advice appreciated. I have a wet saw and can cut small eggs. Thanks. Jeff

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LoneWolf
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28 July 2019 12:13 pm

Sorry Jeff, I just noticed your post... Northern NSW is your best choice...Doon Doon creek is still producing Eggs.... Most of the creeks in Nth NSW around Mt Warning has them, but some digging is required...

Thunderbird Park got hit with a big flood several years ago and washed a lot of 'his' eggs into the creek... If you search the creek you will find them... for Free...

LW....

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