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You can skip the time consuming agony of preparing a wood table bed by finding aYou can skip the time consuming agony of preparing a wood table bed by finding a
surface material that is already nice and flat and smooth to begin with.surface material that is already nice and flat and smooth to begin with.

Using some old original slate chalkboard is of course the ultimate solution but I haven’tUsing some old original slate chalkboard is of course the ultimate solution but I haven’t
found any of that material in salvage yards in about the last 15 years. In fact I understandfound any of that material in salvage yards in about the last 15 years. In fact I understand
that schools are buying up old slate boards as fast as they appear on the market place.that schools are buying up old slate boards as fast as they appear on the market place.
Even the teachers appreciate good materials. Architectural salvage yards are a good placeEven the teachers appreciate good materials. Architectural salvage yards are a good place
to search for old school boards and modern slate scrap pieces can be found at a lot of to search for old school boards and modern slate scrap pieces can be found at a lot of 
custom kitchen countertop fabrication shops.custom kitchen countertop fabrication shops.

Garage sales are also good places to look for materials.Garage sales are also good places to look for materials.

My entire family has a standing order to buy up any and all old chalkboards they runMy entire family has a standing order to buy up any and all old chalkboards they run
across at yard sales. Sometimes we find some of the very old children’s blackboards thatacross at yard sales. Sometimes we find some of the very old children’s blackboards that
are actually made from real slate.are actually made from real slate.

Figure 9Figure 9

Figure 9 shows some of our typical finds. The small board on the left is a modern productFigure 9 shows some of our typical finds. The small board on the left is a modern product
and the chalkboard material is some kind of resin coated Masonite. The large board onand the chalkboard material is some kind of resin coated Masonite. The large board on
the right is one of those good ones made with real slate manufactured back in the forties.the right is one of those good ones made with real slate manufactured back in the forties.
We got both for ten-dollars one day.We got both for ten-dollars one day.

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Figure 18Figure 18

You really can’t see the small individual specs until you start to brush them up intoYou really can’t see the small individual specs until you start to brush them up into
groups.groups.

Sometime I’ll let material dry on the table and then do a final cleanup as seen in theSometime I’ll let material dry on the table and then do a final cleanup as seen in the
picture with the glasses. Even after the table looks clean under magnification you can stillpicture with the glasses. Even after the table looks clean under magnification you can still
take a lens cloth and wipe off gold powder that’s so fine as to be near unrecoverabletake a lens cloth and wipe off gold powder that’s so fine as to be near unrecoverable
without using chemicals.without using chemicals.

Figure 19 shows a pan full of materials that I’ve been brushing gold into from the tableFigure 19 shows a pan full of materials that I’ve been brushing gold into from the table
surface over the weekend and if you look closely you can see the microscopically finesurface over the weekend and if you look closely you can see the microscopically fine
dust that has been accumulating only because my fingers covered portions of the pan.dust that has been accumulating only because my fingers covered portions of the pan.

As mentioned earlier some of this dust is so fine that you really can’t even brush it intoAs mentioned earlier some of this dust is so fine that you really can’t even brush it into
small piles.small piles.

This is the level of recovery that’s possible from using a Miller Table but first of allThis is the level of recovery that’s possible from using a Miller Table but first of all
you’ve got to find the gold to begin with. Also keep in mind that a lot of good claimsyou’ve got to find the gold to begin with. Also keep in mind that a lot of good claims
don’t contain any gold this fine to begin with so if you’re not recovering down to thisdon’t contain any gold this fine to begin with so if you’re not recovering down to this
level it doesn’t necessarily mean that your table isn’t working properly. Very seldom do Ilevel it doesn’t necessarily mean that your table isn’t working properly. Very seldom do I
see material this small and in this quantity but this particular run was from a one quartsee material this small and in this quantity but this particular run was from a one quart
batch of super concentrated tailings a friend had left over from running his bowl thisbatch of super concentrated tailings a friend had left over from running his bowl this
summer.summer.

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