Hey everyone! I’ve been considering posting a vote for a wet diamond saw for the hot crafts area for a while, and with the space nicely fleshed out and getting lots of use, I figure now seems as good a time as any.
Wet Diamond abrasive saws can be used to cut any number of hard materials, most notably Tile, Glass, Ceramics, Tool Steels, and Natural and Synthetic Stones. There are MANY different types of wet diamond saws, varying from the common tile saws many people are familiar with, to bandsaws, ring saws, scroll saws, etc. Each has it’s own set of strengths and weaknesses.
I think a Ring Saw would be a great option for the hive’s wide variety of use cases, as there are different blade cartridges which can be interchanged and which each excel at different types of cuts. there are blades that are perfect for cutting straight lines like a table saw, tight curves like a bandsaw, and even blades that can cut in any direction like a spiral blade scroll saw.
After doing a bit of research, checking reviews, and talking to folks who own them, I think the Gemini Apollo Ring Saw would be an excellent high quality, durable option for Hive13. The saw has excellent reviews, is reputed to be one of the most reliable ring saws, and has a great assortment of blades available for huge versatility. I the saw, 4 blades ideal for making common types of cuts needed in the hive’s stained glass, lampwork, and ceramics areas, and a spare drive belt (the belts are a wear item). These items fit comfortably in a budget of $1500.
In addition to the above ring saw, Amphay recently donated a Diamond Bandsaw. I did consider if the bandsaw would be sufficient to preclude the need for the ring saw, but I really think the ring saw would be necessary still, as the bandsaw would be GREAT for curvy scroll cuts (particularly in thick material), but terrible for straight cuts or thin slicing. I think the two will make good companions for each other.
After inspecting the saw, I found it does work, but there are several parts that are missing or damaged, including the water pump and work table. It also has many rusted screws and needs new blade guides and some general TLC. I propose we spend $500 on the replacement parts and a spare blade for that saw.
If this vote passes, I also plan to build/modify a table at the hive to be a wet saw and wet grinding station, with water spray shields on 3 sides, waterproof tabletop, and a gutter on the front edge to catch the grinding/cutting water to minimize the mess that can be associated with wet saws and wet grinding glass and ceramics. I think that everything needed for this is either already on hand, or will fit within the budgets I mentioned above. my plan would be to replace the small black shelves by the hot crafts sink with this table/station.
thanks for reading, and please vote yes to expand out capabilities! I’ll leave this vote open till the 2022-06-12 Tuesday meeting.
Hot Crafts Warden