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Rumble

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diy fossicking gear.
« on: May 03, 2013, 08:07:35 PM »
Hi guys.
Starting to get some of my own gear together for gem hunting. Pretty tight budget and im not too crap with power tools. So I'd like to try to make a pick, sieve stand and tromel. Trouble is I can't find any plans on the net. Anyone have some links or plans handy ?
Cheers.

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 10:53:41 AM »
Rumble to make my pike, I used a shortened broom handle, then got a friend to cut a triangular shape out of a plough disc and had a bit of two inche steel pipe welded to the triangle, works marvelously and only cost me for the broom handle.  I will take picture and post it to your.   Also for the sieves if you can get hold of a couple of old galvanised tank sieves, cut the bottom out of them and get some coarse steel screening of different sizes and attach them to the gal. sieves sides.

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 12:47:33 PM »
Even the plastic  water tank seives work ok to begin with ...only one size but you want big ones don't you? ;D ;D ;D
Join a gem club and buy from the oldtimers...they often sell off their stuff cheap to club members for the benefit of the club.
usually.
Good hunting :D
Happy Fossicking from Chookie

Geology Rocks, I really dig it.
My rocks are gneiss, don’t take them for granite.

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 01:31:32 PM »
Even the plastic  water tank seives work ok to begin with ...only one size but you want big ones don't you? ;D ;D ;D
lol some one I know is an old timer :D nar just joking chookie :D
Join a gem club and buy from the oldtimers...they often sell off their stuff cheap to club members for the benefit of the club.
usually.
Good hunting :D
hunting rocks

Rumble

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2013, 12:32:46 AM »
Cheers guys some good ideas there. The plough disk pick sounds cool. Now where to find an old disk.
Asked around for some old gear at the club today. No luck but left a wanted add on the note board. Will start snooping around for water tank strainer.

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013, 08:50:57 AM »
If you want to pick up a small cheap pick try a hardware store.

Plans on making a throw sieve are here
http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/MGalleryItem.php?id=836
I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.

tinker

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2013, 10:41:45 AM »
I copied Jimmyjerrys Throw Sieve and it fantastic out in the field, mines lights and easy to carry around, just folds up and fits in the back of the 4b great.

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Re: diy fossicking gear.
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2013, 04:21:51 PM »
yep Rockhunter- giving away my "maturity" aren't I?  I do have three water tanks (with strainers) though. ;) ;D
Happy Fossicking from Chookie

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My rocks are gneiss, don’t take them for granite.

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