Jody, If you are looking for used tools, I would suggest you monitor
Ebay. Often, but not consistantly, tools come up for auction there.
I was about to just break down and buy a
Hoke-jewelers torch, but thought I would see if anyone has anything
left over, possibly, for even less cost. My only requirement is that
it is safe for indoor use, since my "studio" is my dining nook.
Well, this is akin to saying you'd like a lion as a pet, so since it
will be living in your apartment you need one that isn't too wild.
Bottled, compressed gas is dangerous with a capital D. The torch
has little to do with that unless it is just unsound. And just in
case you were planning to use a natural gas hook up to avoid bottled
flammable gas you should know tha t solders and the fumes put out
when heating and melting metals can be noxious and in some cases
extremely hazardous to your health (cadmium is at the top of the
list). Don't do any goldsmithing work in the place where you eat or
prepare food. This is one of the cardinal rules of shop safety.
There are several good and workable examples of small benches on the
benchexchange lin k at the main Ganoksin site, check those out.