My delving into this art was mostly due to the fact that I wanted to buy the prettiest cabs but....I just couldn't afford them. So I did what I always do and said to myself, "self, you can make your own" to which myself then replied "oh no, not again"!
There is definitely a learning curve to lapidary work but I am steadily gaining ground! Several of the tools below are not an absolute necessity but they help with the process.
I use a 10" and a 7" wet tile saw. I use the 10" for slabbing right now. I am saving for the Highland Park slabbing saw but until then the 10" saw will have to do. The 7" is used for cutting the slabs into cabbing size.
I then have a dop station, which is a melting pot for the hard wax used to attach rocks to a stick for cabbing. They are used to avoid accidentally filing down a finger or nail. I rarely use mine but occasionally will throw out a curse word when I accidently scrape a finger or a nail.
The last piece of equipment is my Lornton Tumbler which I use to tumble the left over bits and pieces of rock too small to cab. I use those in my copper electroformed rings.
So below are some of the tools and supplies that I mentioned above. If there is one you might be interested in purchasing just click on the image. Some of the images contain affiliate links (and some do not) to items I have purchased or places where I have purchased them from. I do receive a small percentage from your purchase through those affiliate companies at no additional cost to you. So if you do purchase through one of the links below, thank you! I greatly appreciate your support, but I will always encourage you to shop around to find the best price that works for you.