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    Default cutting amber into slabs

    I recently got ahold of a nice 240 gram piece of amber from the Dominican Republic, and want to know how to cut it into slabs. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I cut amber on my trim saw.

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    Depending on size it’ll cut really easily with a piercing saw as it’s quite soft

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    Thanks. It's a pretty big piece, maybe 3 by 3 by 4 inches cubed. I did cut a much smaller piece with a piercing saw, but it took me hours to do it. Perhaps I wasn't using the saw properly.

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    Do you mean those miniature table saws?

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    You’ll need a heavier blade or even a coping saw but it’s a bit coarse. Beware a fast saw as if almost melts it being resin. The same when polishing on a motor if you use too hard a mop it produces skid marks and gouges

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    This is what a trim saw is, various types and brands available, mine is home made, https://www.gemcuts.com.au/lortone-2...otor-water-kit

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    Thanks, Caroline. What TPI do you recommend?

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    That's what I was thinking of. A bit outside of my budget right now, but it is on my Santa list.

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