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Sherri
 #1 
Hi,
I can't get a flat lap. But I am wanting to smooth down sharp sides of geode. Is there a way I can do it by hand? Dremel tool? I am at this time only trying to smooth sides. I may get fancier later and try my hand polishing. I am having fun with all this. Almost have the pipe cutter up and going. I had a couple geodes cut at the rocktober fest. I had one that I "thought" was going to be a solid geode. Was very heavy. (the ones that came from Fox river are very thick skined..and alot have water trapped in them..thus they are heavy) So I decided I would do the age old method and just hit it with sledge. Believe it or not it opend with pretty much even sides. I was surprised...water poured out of it...and it was very pretty. But now there are rough edges...so without going to tons of expense..I have heard of the put piece of glass down method. But am hoping someone will have idea's of maybe a handheld way to smooth edges. Thanks everyone. Take care!
jay bates
 #2 
I am not sure what you mean by sharp sides of a geode, but to try and smooth down the sharp edges of a cracked geode where it cracked would take forever by hand. You need to get a rock saw and cut a smooth surface that can be polished by hand or on a flat lap.
Bruce B
 #3 
Like Jay said its going to be hard to do without a saw cut. If you have a very sharp edge and just wanted to make sure it wont hurt someone picking it up i would just grind it on a rough cement floor for a while. Face down and round and round she goes... wax on wax off.
Bruce
Bob Harman
 #4 
This is a question that has been asked several times on this site so, using this posting from 10 years ago, I will tell you why I personally frown on this.  

Midwest geode collectors, interested in building a nice collection of quality examples, like their finds to be as natural as possible. They don't prefer tinkered with decorations like book ends or door stops etc. They want their geodes that can be on display shelves or otherwise displayed to be as natural as possible.
Reason #2 is that many examples, when opened, have rather delicate areas of crystals. Whether it is the "smoothing" of the outer rind or the opened edges, the vibrations from any equipment or tools that you use will most certainly damage the more delicate areas. If you look carefully after starting or finishing the "smoothing" process, you probably will see many small pieces of the delicate crystals knocked off by the vibrations.

That is my opinion on this topic.   BOB
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