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Posted in response to Mahogany wood wheels for opal? from Mary Madrid on August 01, 2010 at 09:56:24:

Re: Mahogany wood wheels for opal?

Mary, I haven't heard that one but that doesn't mean it isn't true. What I do know is that there was a company that did in fact make a small polishing unit that used wood wheels (I'm thinking maple or ash) that were contoured a bit. Each wheel was charged with diamond compound going from course to fine left to right. I in fact happened to have recently aquired one of these machines, though I have not used it yet. With that in mind I suppose one could put together some sort of unit that utilized wood wheels (in your case, mahogany) for polishing. It only takes a very small motor to run such a unit. I think this one had like only a 1/32 hp motor. The part I think you may run into trouble with is the shaping or grinding to shape of your material. If your pieces are close to the finished shape you probably won't have a problem, but to remove a lot of material you may need something a bit more aggressive than a wood wheel charged a bit with diamond compound. Anyway, I suppose there may be others that will have some useful information for you.

From Ward - August 02, 2010 at 08:44:47

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