I’m designing and building my own jeweller’s bench and want to throw
out a few questions on specific measurements. I have reviewed all the
relevant Orchid archived posts, looked at the bench photos in the
Bench exchange, looked at retailers sites and read a few books
dedicated to bench construction. Very sparse on actual dimensions for
The design has a cutout (not European semi-circle) which I refer to
as an angular indent and my first question is what should be the
width of this indent? I’m thinking about 16-18" for the straight
portion parallel to my body, GRS system attached here, along with
slot for ring mandrel. I figured about 8" for the angled wings coming
off at 45 degrees.
These measurements will give me about a 30" indent, under which I
will have three draws, including a sweeps drawer.
My next question concernsside draws of which I intend to have two
banks one on either side of the bench. I am hoping to get some input
as to what some members consider a “good” mix of depths for these
draws. I figure about 36" or so of available drawer banks on either
side. I was thinking of maybe 2-6" with a couple of trays, 3-4" with
trays, 2-3", and 3-2".
Does this seem like a good mix to those who have side draws on their
benches? Is there any reason to have a drawer larger than 6" or
smaller than 2"?
All input is appreciated.