Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft
Reviewed by Alan Revere
A welcome addition to the literature now coming out for bench
jewelers, Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft by Karen Christians is
an informative compilation of material for anyone who takes tools
seriously. Everyone with a flex-shaft understands what a valuable
tool this is. Here is a chance to learn more about it in order to
maximize its effectiveness, efficiency and longevity, whether you are
a beginner or advanced flex-shaft user.
The author presents a history of the tool, beginning nearly 200
years ago, along with essential on the use and
maintenance of a flex-shaft. The book covers all the standard uses
and goes into depth on accessories and optional attachments including
hand pieces, milling tables, sanding belts, setting tools, lathes and
more, all driven by a flex-shaft. The book catalogs a vast range of
burs, bits, buffs, brushes, burnishers, mandrels, discs, cutters,
wheels, polishers and ceramic points, that fit into a flex-shaft.
In the final chapter, “Beyond the Basics,” you can learn how to use
a flex-shaft to tube-set stones and a few other neat things outside
the box a flex-shaft comes with. As the most complete book on the
subject, Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft belongs right next to
yours, on your bench.
Orchid in Print Volume 1
“Making the Most of Your Flex-shaft”
By Karen Christians
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