Cutting opal can be tough on the body, crunched over a cutting wheel for hours on end, its no wonder Justin gets a sore back and neck. One of our customers decided to find a better posture for cutting by positioning a concave mirror over the top of his wheel. Daniel tells the story best:
[quote] It has a 3x magnification (I found that greater than that does not work, and flat mirrors make the stone seem too far away from your eye). They can be found at most beauty suppliers or Bed Bath and Beyond. The larger diameter seems to help (8 inch or more). I modified the mount on the mirror horizontally so that it will sit in a position around a 45deg angle just above the top of the wheel you are working the stone on.[/quote]
Daniel goes on to say that after cutting for a few hours this way he has a lot less fatigue in his neck and shoulders and it has helped considerably. Well done Daniel! We love your ingenuity.
What about you? Have you customised your cutting experience? What do you do about fatigue when cutting?