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#1

Does anyone own, or has anyone seen an outstanding portable jewelers
bench? Got images or plans for one you’d be willing to share? Or
contacts to pursue for further

A list of things ya’ll think it should incorporate?

I’m looking to put one together for one of my apprentices to go to
shows with. He’ll be sizing rings, setting stones, maybe doing a
little hand engraving…

Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA
209-477-0550
www.jewelryartschool.com


#2

I’ve seen many rather small ones that sit on a desktop or tabletop.
They’re on eBay or just Google for one. I don’t know if that’s what
you have in mind.

Brian Corll
Brian Corll, Inc.
1002 East Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055


#3

Well, not outstanding, but very functional for the price. I do
exactly what your apprentice is looking to do, and I use the portable
jeweler’s workbench in the Rio catalog. I also use the folding stand
that comes with it, which is too short but works well when I place
4x4s under it. This is not the sturdiest bench in the world, but that
is the tradeoff for size and weight. I made some modifications to it
which work well. the first is attaching a GRS mounting plate for my
Benchmate. This works well for the ring holder and bench pin, but I
would guess that the weight of an engraving ball might encourage the
entire bench to tip toward you if using the folding stand. The three
drawers on the right-hand side do not extend all the way back to the
back of the bench. This allowed me to make a cutout in the benchtop
into which my 1-lb propane and oxy bottles just fit (this took some
filing of the inside support as well). It is nice to have the torch
bottles at benchtop level and held securely.

Just throw away the little pullout tray. The space between your
bench pin and the tray is not tall enough to do any sawing. I store
stuff in that gap during transport. The drawer beneath the tray is
somewhat useful for catching filings, but it is still very shallow -
again this is part of the tradeoff for size.

For mandrels, the little drilled hole in the bench support is
decorative only. I brace ring mandrels into the little curve of the
benchtop and that works well, though the laminated benchtop surface
is taking a beating and showing it. Also, when the catalog says
"Sturdy, hardwood construction" they are talking about the main
supporting pieces of the bench. The drawers are pressboard. They have
been holding up well enough for me, though.

Rereading this it sounds rather negative, but I do like my portable
workbench for its virtues of light weight, size that I can easily
get into my tiny car trunk, and $60 price.

Hope this helps,
Laurel Cavanaugh


#4

Brian

I am now looking at SEP Tools catalogue page 24. It’s a portable
bench on steel legs, and with two pull out drawers. Toll free # is
800-551-8665 I think that this is the one for you and your fellow to
use…www.septools.com…

Gerry!


#5

Lapidary Journal had a how-to article on a decent jewelers bench
that folds up. I’ll try to dig up the article, or at least he issue
volume and number.

James S. Duncan, G.G.
James in SoFL


#6

Gerry,

The one I’m talking about is all wood with a blue formica top and
quite a few doors. It simply sits on a desk or tabletop. No steel
legs. Check http://store.showcasetime.com/jewo.html for an example of
what I’m talking about.

Brian Corll
Brian Corll, Inc.
1002 East Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055