New adaptations for the Benchmate system
Do you want to hold the Benchmate ring clamp or inside ring clamp up
higher for inspection ?
Buy what is called a " set collar " in 1 1/4 in. size and short
bolt which will screw into the side of the set collar. Drop the clamp
through the ring and tighten the screw to hold . Rotate it to inspect
. I use it to hold up rings to check that the stone / stones are set
level . Cost = $ 4.00
Do You want to make a shellac plate you can clamp in your Benchmate
ring clamp ?
Get a piece of brass 2 " square and 1/8 " to 3/16 " thick . Make a
cut in the center of one side 1 " deep . Now in a good vice, bend
each half over 90 degrees. The bend should be to opposite sides , one
left and one right. Now you should have 2 squares connected to a
bottom piece , one on each side. And should look , on end, like a T
. The T bottom is held in the ring clamp jaws. Drill holes to accept
ear post for ear rings , apply shellac and work on both at the same
time. Take time to file off all sharp edges . Cost = the effort of
looking for the metal.
Do you want to make holders for Jett Sett which will screw onto the
end of the inside ring clamp ? These will hold anything you can mold
the Jett Sett around in handy sized holders.
Go to the hardware store and purchase some copper caps for rigid
copper tubing . Get 1/2 ", 3/4 " , 1 ", 1 1/4 ", 1 1/2 " and 2 " sizes
. These are made of copper and will not rust. Get enough brass screws
of the same size ( 5/16 NC )which will fit into the end of the
inside ring clamp. The screws need to 1/2 long or shorter . Drill a
hole in the end of the cap which will accept the screw. Silver solder
the screw into the cap with the head inside and the screw threads
Melt the Jett Sett in 180 degree F. water . Not boiling water. Press
the ring or what ever into it. Let the thing cool. Do Your Thing and
then drop it back into 180 degree water to remove. Cost = $ 3.00 to $
5.00 each size. When you order your Jett Sett, Rio Grande has a 4
page guide to its use . The guide is free.
If anyone has problems, please email me off list.