A Treasure of Free Homemade Gold Prospecting Equipment Plans and Commentary: Arizona Gold Prospectors Have a Dandy Way to Make Your Own Highly Effective Mini-Sluice on the Cheap

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Arizona Gold Prospectors Have a Dandy Way to Make Your Own Highly Effective Mini-Sluice on the Cheap

There is beauty in simplification. I once had a friend who was a mathematician who would comment about a solution being "elegant". The word seems to fit this situation to a T.
A mini-sluice is a fairly cheap thing to buy (molded plastic, a couple pieces of moss with clips to hold it in, and a metal shoot, usually, that can be attached for sliding material) - maybe $35 online?
Well, here is a mini-sluice that is very effective and consists of about 2 feet of ribbed rubber matting and two clothes pins. Global Industrial carries the corrugated mats for $7.90 (Internet 05/26/2013).

(http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/foodservice/mats-carpets/protections/1-8-thick-3-w-corrugated-rubber-runner-custom-cut?utm_source=google_pr&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Runners-google_pr&infoParam.campaignId=T9F&gclid=CL3-7LiZtLcCFYU-Mgod7gQAiw)
You will also need 2 clothes pins.
This post has great photos and is what my friend would call "elegant". See, http://www.arizonagoldprospectors.com/blacksand.htm
Henry Sandham -- The Cradle
Here is a depiction of a 19 century miner and his rocker box. Just a sluice that rocks, these inventions helped the 49ers process more material for the precious placer gold. Courtesy, Wikipedia

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