There’s one in every crowd. I’ve been sitting back reading all
these posts about your benches being messy. You guys would kill
me! My cooworkers often try, but by alternate means, usually by
trying to drive me crazy. My bench is 90% of the time a “textbook
photo”. They try to get to me by borrowing my tools then
"accidentally" leave them on the bench top. So far it hasn’t
worked. I make up for the time spent organizing the bench at the
start and finish of each day by not having to hunt for MY tools.
(I still have to search around for the ring mandrel every time I
want to use it, because someone’s always hording it.) My secret?
I don’t know, I’ve gotten in the habit of "subconciously"
dropping each tool back in it’s place. I know this because if
someone uses their tools at my bench, they automaticly end up
where they should have gone if they were my tools. (It’s not
uncommon to have three pairs of the same kind of plier) I’m kind
of like a squirrel in that way. The other thing I habitually do,
is take all my work for that day, and work on it all at once, so
I typically use my flex shaft on everything that needs it, then
clean the bench, and set up for soldering, solder, and so on.
When I first started I was having trouble with dirty/bad solder
joints. When an older, and Wiser jeweler said “clean your bench,
how can you possibly work in that mess?” I took on a whole new
strategy, and I must admit, although I do get teased an awfull
lot, it has cut my production time in half. To Each his/her own.
Tim Goodwin @tmn8tr