The side where my oxygen bottle is, is only used for melting.
Soldering is done on my pull out soldering pad.
I sometimes pull it out completely and then solder on my gold tray.
Most handy, that.
I have a little stool where I sit on when I polish in front of the
Getting it into the combi was not difficult.
I had a ‘U’ channel ramp that I pushed it upwards on into the van,
after removing the lights and roller and stuff.
They also doubled up as track guides when I was working on sand at
(I had a large canvas sheet on where the bench stood in case
I also thought I would have corrosion problems with the acids but
that proved to be wrong.
There is no corrosion on my tools (I am a Virgo) so I am a pain in
the neck about keeping tools clean.
Your rig inverts that: the bench (appears to be) in the middle, and
the jeweler takes the outside path around the bench. Which lets you
use all the faces much more efficiently in terms of space. You lose
a little bit in terms of time, for the scooting around, but you
gain a lot in terms of space efficiency, which was the primary
I built my first workshop in '78 and I had a fixed bench in the
front of the shop, the roller in the middle of the shop and the
polishing in the back of the shop.
I walked 500 miles everyday.
So walking around the bench is no big deal really.
The side opposite to the oxygen side is featureless, so it can be
pushed very close to a wall, so there are actually only three sides
of the bench that are active.
For sure it is not ideal for everybody, but as semi homeless,
wandering type of persons like my wife and I, it works well.
That Ames lathe rebuild looks really interesting,
Kind of project I also could get into