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How to Polish Rocks by Hand

Alternative to Expensive Rock Polishing Equipment

There are many ways to polish rocks by hand. You could use a rock tumbler.That is if ya want to wait a couple of weeks to get your rocks polished. Or you could use a diamond wheel polisher.That will set you back $1400. for the smaller version like the 6″ size. And if your really on a low bduget you could use sandpaper.LOTS of sand paper.

Now don’t get me wrong; there are benifits to these three methods. It’s all up to you and your chooseing.But if you really want to polish rocks by hand take a look below.

Depending on how much money and time you have,thereare quite a few options including the diamond pads shown below. It is currently the method I am using with more than desirable results.

These diamond hand pads from Amazon are a nice in between from basic sand paper to the high end polishing machines. There is effort in using these pads but the results are fantastic.You can polish round rocks,flat rocks even some rocks that have those little crevesis in them.

I’ve included a photo here of my homemade rock carving and polishing cabinet. Having a setup like this is not necssary however it makes my hoby a bit more enjoyable.

Homemade Custom Rock carving and polishing Cabinet

In the YouTube video above I showed you step by step how to polish rocks by hand. AND for just under $60 bucks you can get the same results that I have gotten.

So Here is one more video so you can see the results with different rocks.

How to polish rocks by hand;the results!

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

I added a Etsy Sales Page for Your Convenience

I added a Etsy Sales Page…

to my blog to make it easier for those who may be interested in any of my ring designs. Simply click on the photo to go directly to my Etsy shop or (click here) to see a sampling of ring designs without leaving my site.

By clicking on the photo you will open a new window with the Etsy,com URL. It’s completely safe and secure if you decide to order.


Etsy allows you to send messages prior to ordering for any question or special requirements you may need prior to ordering.

Once you place your order you can specify the ring size and width.

In some cases you can mix and match materials or colors which can be done before you buy  just by sending me a message. I answer general questions as soon as I get your message through Etsy.

I have found that this process is one of the best platforms to buy and sell products on the internet. Again it is completely safe and secure for you with many methods of payments available.

I’m adding new styles,materials,colors and designs continually so go check it out and let me know how I can help.

Thank You,

Ken R. Cox

Micarta Ring | 6 Steps it takes to build one

Micarta Ring

There are actually more then 6 steps it takes to build a micarta ring. But you’ll get a good idea of what goes into the build.

  1. Let’s start out with choosing the piece of micarta and stainless steel round bar stock that will make up the micarta ring.

Micarta chunk

Micarta chunk

Here I have chosen a 1″ outside diameter stainless steel bar rod. For work ability I cut this down with a portaband to 1/2″ wide before taking it to the mini lathe.

Using a 1-1/2″X1-1/2″ x .40 piece of Micarta that was sent to me from another ring maker to try out as the outer skin of the ring.

Micarta is extremely easy to work with both on and off the lathe. It cuts and sand easily without special tools. It also polishes up real nice.



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Foot Controls that Help with Production

Four Foot Controls I use while working.

Foot Controls

Foot Controls

Take a look at my work area on the floor.

You’ll see four foot controllers I use while working at the mini lathe bench. Utilizing these foot pedals allow me to focus using both hands during the production process.



Air & Power foot controls.


Air & Power foot controllers

Air & Power foot controllers

On the left side of my lathe bench are the air and power controllers.

The air foot pedal allows me to provide a coolant mist to my parts while machining them.

The power controls the shop vac which sucks in the fine spray mist from the coolant mister,Also during some of the sanding processes or turning wood inlay materials the shop vac sucks in dust and wood chips.




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