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Wilfley Tables—Repair, Rebuild & Set Up

I researched the Internet and found a number of table makers, but technology has changed in the last 25 years. No one could sell me a kit for a new deck with wooden riffles...

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The Underground Mining Adventure Continues


Our group of independent miners have been busy crafting a uniquely designed ladder/ore cart track from the bottom of an 85-foot mine shaft in a historical hard rock mine.

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The Fire Assay of Carbon


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Romancing the Rock


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Preserving the True History of the Ivanhoe


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Small-Scale Concentrating and Recovery Methods


The first step in my recovery process after milling the ore to the desired size is to table it. On this particular ore, I get good results milling it to minus 100 mesh.

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