[meteorite-list] Fired up the saw for the first time today!

From: Meteorites USA <eric_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 22:07:41 -0700
Message-ID: <4A45A91D.40000_at_meteoritesusa.com>

Hey Mike,

A big congrats! I warn you though it's quite addicting... ;) You're
gonna want to cut everything now just to see what's inside. It's like
Christmas every time you cut into one. Just when you think you know
what's inside they always surprise you.

I'm with Michael C, it really is an amazing world of discovery. I
couldn't say it better.

To see what's inside a stone that you love so much just makes it that
much more interesting. You learn more about them each time you cut into one.

Welcome to a new world inside meteorites!


Galactic Stone & Ironworks wrote:
> Hi Listees!
> I finally fired up my saw today and did my first cuts!
> First, I had no idea that cutting stony meteorites was so EASY.
> Albeit, I was cutting small ones.
> I did my very first cut on a non-descript UNWA stone. It cut right in
> half like butter. So, then I was feeling increasingly brave, so I cut
> some NWA 869 and Oum Dreyga. It was surprising how easy it was to cut
> nice, thin, and even slices. The NWA 869 and Oum Dreyga turned out
> very nice - the latter has black crust around the edges. All of the
> slices are small - the Oum Dreyga slices were made from a 10 gram
> crusted chunk and the NWA 869 was cut from a 42 gram stone.
> I also cut several oddball meteorites I have been sitting on for a
> while - waiting for a saw. Most were run of the mill H-type
> chondrites with metal flecks a few sparse chondrules. One was an
> Al-Hagg type EL chondrite. But one was interesting. It has a grey
> matrix with dark grey and white clasts. It also has a few ill-defined
> chondrules. The stone shows a very slight attraction to a neo-magnet
> and I don't think it's a wrong. (although I could be wrong) - it
> bears a visual resemblance to a eucrite. I'll snap some photos and
> post them soon.
> I used distilled water as a coolant. After cutting I dried the slices
> and endcuts on paper towels and then baked them in an oven for a few
> hours afterwards to purge the moisture. Amazingly, I did a decent job
> cutting them - very few saw marks and nice even flat cuts. Some
> slices have no visible saw marks without using a loupe to see them. I
> haven't sanded or polished any of them yet. I don't think the NWA 869
> slices need polishing - they look quite good as-is. The Oum Dreyga
> shows a dual lithology or some clasts (not sure what terminology to
> use). It reminds me of how Peekskill looks on the inside. Maybe it's
> brecciated? I'll try to post some pics. There are also some nice
> well-defined chondrules.
> One last observation about my first cutting experience - the 6"
> lapidary saw was alot quieter than I expected it to be. I also
> expected a big mess from coolant being flung everywhere - this didn't
> happen either. In fact, the wife didn't even know I had been cutting
> until afterwards. She couldn't hear it from the garage. I guess I
> was expecting something loud like a circular saw. LOL
> I had fun cutting stuff and now I can't wait to start cutting other
> rocks and stuff. :)
> Regards,
> MikeG

Eric Wichman
Meteorites USA
Received on Sat 27 Jun 2009 01:07:41 AM PDT

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