Holding small objects

a while since i have posted anything but still keep reading the
digest with interest. having had problems in the past with OOS (
occupational overuse syndrome ) i look to find ways to reduce stress
and gripping small objects can aggravate the situation . One of my
solutions is to use a product called grip mat a rubber coated fabric
mesh used to line utensil draws keep mats and plates in place etc.
a small piece used on the bench peg assists with the holding of
small odd shaped objects. Great when making a rub over bezel to keep
the brooch steady and avoid damage to the reverse. I also use this
material under small wood sections when using a Japanese saw to cut
small toggles and other components. it has also proved useful under a
small 1/2 inch steel plate to absorb some of the rebound in stamping
of metal. Great for opening tight containers etc . i always have
some around the uses are endless. David Mcleod In the South of NZ
where winter is beginning in earnest. Though my Trilliums are showing the
first shoots above ground. Roll on spring

I also use this same material under my power tools to help absorb
vibration and to help collect dust from the sanding and grinding. I
also use it in the bottom of my pan on my wax bench. If I drop
something I can just lift the rubber mesh and all the dust sifts
throught and the piece I am looking for usually does not, this way I
don’t have to sweep the pan every time I drop a smalll wax part.
Frank Goss

I also use this material to line the base of my polish lathe. I
roll it up the back so the vacuum system is pulling through it. If
I happen to have a piece snagged out of my hand while polishing, it
has a somewhat soft landing vs slamming into the metal base. It
doesn’t save them all, but most of them come out OK. I don’t need
this very often, but every now and then, it pays for its self.

Don at Campbell Gemstones.