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Offline Joules

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Hybrid Jewellers Bench
« on: May 23, 2020, 02:38:07 PM »
On my back burner list has been a portable Jewellers bench.  I made the bench top many years ago to use on the workshop bench, however time has not been kind for space  :lol:

The recent purchase of an Evolution stand for the mitre saw has seen the stand have a bandsaw table made for it, and now the jewellers bench.  By mounting it on this stand I can use the bench outside in fine weather or indoors during bad weather and winter time.  The base is cut from an old pallet, using the mitre saw to trench the two sides to take the middle spreader, this will take a bench pin at a later date.  I turned some aluminium buttons to drill and tap for holding the base down on the rails the saw stand has, you can buy these separate for your own applications.   The table is fastened on using dowels and glue, plenty of surface area for the Gorilla glue, plus a bead all round underneath.  As todays weather has been damp the bench was moved indoors, beer supplied by wife  :beer:

Finally, yours truly inspecting the end mills I just sharpened this afternoon on the Deckel clone grinder.   Wish I had had this done with the apron when I was assembling the insane ball nuts, I might have had a few more balls left over.  The bench is at a convenient height for me working, stable and with arms well supported fine work can be carried out with ease.  Other accessories can still be bolted onto the stand, such as lights or power tools, the only downside is when I need to use the other saws...

Maybe I need another stand  :doh:



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Offline BillTodd

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Re: Hybrid Jewellers Bench
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2020, 12:01:25 PM »
Neat! I like that 8-)
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Re: Hybrid Jewellers Bench
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2020, 03:14:45 PM »
Thanks Bill, did a bit more to the bench.  I fancied one of the dovetailed mounting plates for bench pegs and other fixtures.  They tend to be pricey, aimed at the jewellery trade, and since I haven't 3D printed anything daft in a while....

Another adHoc build, I made the standoffs too long.  I modelled the printed plate on the commercial ones for holes centres, just in case.   Test fit of the parts on the bench and work out positioning, at this point I made a hash of drilling the holes in my pallet scrounged timber, the drill bit developed a mind of its own.  The idea of mounting the plate just on the standoffs was abandoned as they would just sink into the wood.  I pulled out some really scabby alloy plate, cut and drilled then tarted it up with some emery cloth wrapped in beer can, in the chuck on the drill press.  It looks a lot better than what I started with.

I thought long and hard (about 10 seconds) on my mounting bolts.  On hand were M10 high tensile bolts and flanged nuts, will they really handle the load of needle filing and detailed work ???  Slap some glue on the off cut of oak floor used for the backing plate, she'll be right....

I made the mistake of sitting back to admire my work, when the Boss arrived and appropriated the bench...  The glue hasn't even dried yet !!!!

Now I commented about needing maybe one extra saw stand, maybe I should bulk buy.    The plate will take a bench peg and also a Dremel or Foredom tool, that way the tool is stationary and you move the work about.  Custom fixtures can be 3D printed or laser cut for delicate work at the bench.    Maybe I will get back to the little engine when the Boss has finished.





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