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Jewelers Work Bench


#1

I am looking for sources and addreses of co. selling premium
Jewelers Benches prefered to be made of maple ,birch or oak. I am
a sculptor of ultra miniature big game animals and havent done
any pirces for about ten years and I am retired and want to get
back in the thick of sculpturing again. I would appreciate any
given. E-mail me @Billy_S_Bates P.S. I am in
The Los Angeles area, would prefer western us suppliers. Thank
youfor your time.


#2

Try Frei and Borel.


#3

Yo Billy, look no farther than Oakland for your bench. The
place is Frei and Borel. They sell the best benches I’ve come
across. I forked over about $1300 for my custom double side oak
bench and have never been happier. I don’t have their number
with me, but someone here will have it. If not, e-mail me direct
and I’ll bring it home from the shop.


#4

Well, I’ve got to chime in here. I know Rio Grande gets a lot
of talk around here, and I hate to mention them again. But… I
bought my bench from them and feel it was an unusually good deal.
It is a single bench, solid wood with masonite top, sweeps
drawer, double tool shelf above that and three drawers on the
right side. Well made and very solid/sturdy.

I seem to recall it was under $300 (but shipping to the east
coast was $60). I’ve been really happy with it, a lot happier
than I would be had I spent in excess of $1000 on a bench.
Granted, Rio does offer more expensive versions, but this one is
really nice for the price.

Dave Sebaste


#5

With all of this talk about workbenchs, I would like to mention
the bench in Tim McCreight’s book, The Complete Metalsmith. I
made the one he has in the back of the book. It has a sweeps
drawer and three drawers on the right side. It is 4 ft wide, has
a tempered masonite top and cost less than $50 to make. I have
added an additional tool drawer over the sweeps drawer and
various holders for things like saw blades. I also added an oak
piece to attach my bench pin to with holes for mandrels. All in
all, you wind up with a custom bench at a very reasonable price.

“Try it, you’ll like it!”

Sharon