I started my jewelry endeavors as a lapidary (cabochons), using
grinding and polishing wheels on a fixed arbor. When I began doing
metal work and got a flexshaft, I had a great deal of difficulty
using it as most of you do: tool in one hand, jewelry in the other.
I mounted the handpiece horizontally on an old drill press arm with
the shaft to the left and the jaws to the right. I positioned the
handpiece under the hood (and light) of my air filter (portable
Handler) and with a quick-change handpiece it’s a snap changing
Not only does this setup allow the two-handed approach I’m more
comfortable with, it has also eliminated that annoying and dangerous
sling of grit, dust and polishing compounds onto my clothes and
face. Another benefit is that the slung stuff, including precious
metals, is collected in the filters instead of on me. Put on a happy
face. Eye protection is still essential and I wear a mask here
I do use a hand-held cordless mini tool for drilling and a few other
things at my benchpin.