Re: Re: Re: How do you store your laps
The lap containers I use are made of plastic and resemble film reel canisters. The laps just sit inside them, centered on a post. They are inexpensive and you can see them pictured at the bottom of this page:
It is hard for me to understand what could cause all of your Crystalite steels to warp. Other faceters simply store their laps inside the original box like you have been doing, but this is the first time I've heard anyone report that their steel laps warped during storage. I think most faceters make some arrangement to store their laps vertically, simply to make them more accessible so you don't have to be forever shifting around through a stack of laps as you use different ones.
The main reason for keeping laps in a container is to help keep them clean and prevent cross contamination. I clearly mark each of my containers as to the lap it is dedicated to, just to help ensure I don't inadvertently stick one of my polish laps in a container that formerly held a cutting lap. A stray 260 chunk of diamond bort embedded in a polish lap produces a really Grand Canyon size scratch... been there done it [sigh]...
From Bob Keller - March 17, 2008 at 07:37:45