There are many many ways to extend the faceting time and savour
the experience, I have a short list;

Cutting and polishing a table with any method other than free
hand. Attaching a dop stick and holding it in a machine will
really help extend your cutting time.

Cutting and polishing a table any time other than as the first
facet. This can add an hour or more.

Writing things you think are important on pieces of paper.
Although only a few seconds each, copious notes add up.

Looking at the numbers on your machine to tell you where you are.
Use the index gear with most teeth to ensure your looking is
justified. A missed indexing or two encourages the ‘double
check’ which can be good for up to10 minutes a stone.

Cut every facet regardless of whether it could be cut with the
prepolish or polishing lap. With really small facets which
overcut easily you can often get to cut a whole new crown or
pavilion

Cut every facet perfectly regardless of whether it could be
corrected with the prepolish or polishing lap.

Hold the quill during cutting and polishing rather than using
fingertips only on the stone. Really small stones enjoy being
redopped over and over and it’s always good to practice.

Reading things you wrote down that you thought were important but
you remembered anyway and now don’t want to waste all the effort
that took so you check to make sure you remembered correctly
which of course you did and that makes you feel clever.

Looking at a facet being cut to see how you’re doing even when
you know you aren’t there yet.

Looking at a facet being polished to see how you’re doing rather
than ‘counting’ them in.

Checking a polished facet for completion before the whole row has
been polished.

Playing silly beggers with two dops in a transfer jig because you
enjoy the challenge of cutting the stone upside down and
backwards.

Dopping with anything other than wax can make the experience last
as long as a cricket match.

Adjust your quill/yoke balance and bearings so that if the quill
slips from your grasp it will drop and damage the stone rather
than just stay where you let go. Having your machine set up so
that a moment’s inattention provides an excuse to start all over
from the beginning is always a great time extender.

Well I figure I’ve offended enough people but I would point out
that speed cutting is not so much what you do as what you don’t
do. The cutting and polishing time with a 3 lap procedure on a
1+ ct SRB sapphire would probably not exceed 15 minutes of
actual stone to lap contact time. The rest of the time is
fighting or playing with the equipment.

Tony.