Hello to all:
I am brand new to this forum, although I have been lurking here for
many years. I had a question that I thought you guys might be able
to answer so today I joined.
I recently came possession of an old GRS BenchMate, it looks very
similar to what is now marketed as a “BenchMate Plus” model, the
only difference being that this one also has a heavy handheld
ringholder. It is missing the small U shaped holder for a ring, but
other than that, it is complete.
I have been trying to bead set stones for a while, with varying
degrees of success. I’m hoping that this devicewill help, as all I
was using before was a universal holder mounted on a piece of heavy
metal, which in turn was mounted in a large Craftsman Bench Mate
My question is this: The newer model comes with a 2 part holder
(making an L), mine is one piece. The newer holder looks as thoughit
gives one the ability to raise and lower the ring holder up and
down; mine does not. Here’s a link to show what I’m talking about;
the up and downmovement is shown in figure 5.
How important is this feature to you that have this device? I do not
have a jewelers bench; I use an old office style desk and it is
really alittle too low to mount this thing and I’m thinking that it
will really matter. If I ever decide to get a desk microscope being
too low would be good, because at that point it would be just about
at the right height. I’m getting old and ergonomics are really
beginning to matter to me. My space is limited in my little-bitty
studio and something would have to go if I’m forced to get a
jeweler’s bench. The guy I spoke to at GRS suggested that I might
could get an adjustable height bracket and turn it upside downto be
able to raise the thing; do any of you have one and use it this way?
My primary art is gemstone carving which is why I really want to
keepthe desk; it has a large formica top which is great for an easy
clean-up of rock-slurry and all the water drip or holders I might
have to use. Any input would be really welcome.