I am beginning to plan a work area and want help to set it up. I
have a jewelers' bench already. Would The Jeweler's Bench Book by
Charles Lewton-Brain be a good resource to begin with?
Work bench layout depends on what work you plan to do, and where you
have space to do it.
Most small working jewellers benches Ive seen are used sitting down,
and have the semi circular cut out like you illustrate.
This seems to be the best compromise between useability and space.
You may find this kind of bench suits you and what you do, then use
it for a year or so to decide if its really for you.
Not every one uses these, if like me, all my work is wrought, I work
standing up, so my bench is set up as follows.
Its some 12ft long by 4ft wide, made from 4 by 4in legs with 8 by 2
in thick top planks all bolted together.
with a 6 ton rating fly press on one end.
On the main working side are 2 leg vices one 5in jawed and one 3in.
These are the "third" hand needed to hold all the different swage
blocks and stakes upon which metal is formed.
Behind me is a wall of shelving upon which all the hand tools and
press tools are stored, for easy access.
Elsewhere in my workshops are the bigger machines drop hammers
hydraulic coining presses brake presses etc.
And yes I do need all this stuff! altho I like tools and collect
hand tools as a hobby.
Dont be afraid to think outside the norm.
It can lead you to make all sorts of exciting products.
n the other end is a smaller 2ton rated fly press.