I have a 12 thousand dollar surfacing plate that I got from a commercial laboratory I demo'd.

I have a 12 thousand dollar surfacing plate that I got from a commercial laboratory I demo'd. it was legit 12 grand and they gave it to me.
i want to turn it into a bird bath. can I carve a depression in the middle with hand tools? how?

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >baitposting
    Sell it for 12 grand and then buy 10 custom-made bird baths and a wife from a third world country.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you can't exactly sell it on craigslist and why would anyone buy something analytical from a guy that rants about the israelites a lot?
      it's not bait. do you want a pic of it?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >it's not bait. do you want a pic of it?
        Yes, you lying dirtball. Post a pic of the place on it where you chisel out a chunk in preparation for your bird bath.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >you can't exactly sell it on craigslist

        Obvious bait, but I literally did buy my two largest surface plates from CL.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    first things first you have to wear a mask, stone dust is extremely dangerous to lungs
    secondly you need a round mallet. i have no idea why but every time on tv someone taling about carving stone they always use a round mallet as in you hit the chisel with the circumerence of a conical cylinder
    actual tool wise i guess you just use regular cold chisels
    a bird bath out of a slab like that i would guess would have to be quite shallow to avoid cracking it.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Normal mallets have end-grain striking faces but hitting metal chisels with it causes the faces to split over time from impact. The round mallets get dents more easily but as the end grain ones but since you hit the chisel with the original, continuous round grain they will never split from impact. The round shape gives you the most usable striking surface. Also if they would cut off the sides it to make it rectangular it could delaminate fairly easily

      The thread is bait but mallets are life

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Why not use a steel mallet?

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Don't you dare frick up that surface plate...

    Sell it to someone that will use it as intended.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      what can i use it for? i've used it to sharpen chisels but it has so many threaded mounting point that it's kind of a pain.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Welp you fricked it.

        you can't exactly sell it on craigslist and why would anyone buy something analytical from a guy that rants about the israelites a lot?
        it's not bait. do you want a pic of it?

        If it's actually worth 12 grand, you take one hour of your day and make a posting on a lab supply site, or acquisitions, you lazy frick. Frick, I can't find a job for 5 months, and 12 grand literally dropped in your lap and you fricking ruined it.

        I won't be a whiny butthole though, you !ight as well make the birdbath now. Would be hard with hand tools, anything you can rent?
        You might crack it if you chisel at it.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's bait moron.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Hes long winded, a know it all. Likes to correct grammar

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I don't care about grammar, anon, or if it's bait.
              I've seen enough of this shit happen when it's not bait - guys wrecking expensive shit - that the thread is just a place to vent about it.

              Seen thousands of dollars wasted because pf shit like this.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                easy come easy go, who cares?
                If someone dropped this off in front of your moms house, you literally wouldnt be able to sell if even if you tried.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Sieg

                Worse, you’ll have to pay a junk hauling service to get rid of it

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Anyone falling for this excellent bait is a poser.

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If it were me and im no expert
    Id pour self leveling concrete over it
    Of course id wet it first

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Ill use it as a back stop when myvson and I target shoot with my Ruger 1022

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Put a tablecloth over it and use it as a…. Table.
    > I’ve never used a table, nor understand what they’re even for. I live in squalor in my mom’s basement.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Stand it up in your yard
    It will attract monkeys

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Here you go.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Sieg

    Surface plates cost $12k new because certification

    Old used trash surface plates are worthless and you’ll find many of them ditched and abandoned near old shops. They’re heavy and nobody wants them because it’s a huge slab of granite

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    hire a mexican to plunge cut with a diamond saw about a billion times, then you can knock out the chunks between the cuts and grind it all down smooth

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      basically like this guy, but much smaller scale

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Once surface plates are out of spec, they are worthless. And resurfacing them is prohibitively expensive.
    Its only actual use is for making birth baths now

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >And resurfacing them is prohibitively expensive.
      Unless it's COMPLETELY fricked, it's like $15/sqft to get them lapped and calibrated, that's not that expensive.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >like $15/sqft to get them lapped and calibrated

        Ackshually?

        Surely there's a base charge. No way you're gonna get a dinky 12"x18" plate done for the same rate as a 6'x8'. Still figured it would be more than that. Maybe have to get my 36x48" done at some point...

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Depends if you bring it to them, or they have to come to you. I might be remembering wrong, but we got a quote a while back, and it was something like that. I'm sure there's a minimum if they have to come to you. Unless your plate is huge, or like I said, full of giant chips, it shouldn't be more than a couple hundred. If it was sincerely used as an inspection plate and not a table/lapping plate, they don't really wear all that much so they only need like 5-10 minutes of work to bring them back to "perfect".

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >birth baths
      Pornhub don't let me down.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        wait until you find out about ASMR birthing videos
        >"Whoa, that's a lot of juice"

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i will frick you up

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ITT larpers talk for days about a flat rock

    • 3 weeks ago
      Sieg

      But you can measure stuff off of it and you can compare it to blocks of steel younwring together and subtract from it!!!!!!

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    dude just resell it, there are so many fly by night companies that will happily buy used shit like this for more money than it's actually worth because they're still in the honeymoon phase of thinking they'll recoup their investment when they start raking in the cash

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sell the thing to an industrial surplus outfit then get something suitable like one of the large round granite or synthetic stone industrial round sinks if you REALLY want a planter. I have one as a planter that was free. No one cares about them.

      Surface plates don't sell very high at industrial auctions but they (especially with stands) often go several hundred dollars or more. Rigging is what reduces the price. They are good barter fodder and someone with a machine or fab shop would be willing to trade (barter tends to get better deals) useful things including steel for one.

      A local monument company might have use for it and as they all have industrial engine-driven compressor/sand blaster rigs to cut names into tombstones they may trade a useful amount of blasting for one, for example cleaning off a trailer.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Day 3 of the flat rock saga

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Coming soon to a theater near you!

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    video yourself hammering a chisel into it and post to youtube plz

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >i want to turn it into a bird bath.

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    funny, I have one thats about 24x36 and the steel frame that goes with it
    I was planning on using it as a table lol.
    cant really see one being used as a bird bath tbh. it would take far too long and look like shit in the end. you should instead make a bird bath by hand forming concrete with wire mesh reinforcement and maybe a sand cast for the inner dome

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If it's one like in pic rel, please do not destroy it. That rock is polished and flat to less than 0.001" over the whole surface. Find a use for it the way it is, idk what. Go to a quarry and buy a flat rock you can carve a bird bath out of. I'm sure you could find a buyer for the piece you have, a machine shop might take an interest.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >, please do not destroy it.

      Please, for the love of god, sell it to a college or university in your area for about the same price. Breaking that into a fricking bird bath would be like wiping your ass with rolls of $100 bills.

      >Please, for the love of god, sell it to a college

      OP the master troll.

  22. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Please, for the love of god, sell it to a college or university in your area for about the same price. Breaking that into a fricking bird bath would be like wiping your ass with rolls of $100 bills.

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