How do you build a jeweller’s bench? I had been wanting to build a new jeweller’s bench for a couple of years now. My partner and I made an affordable and durable jewellers bench for under $225 dollars. After gaining more experience as a jeweller I found that my original bench was not suited to getting a closer look at my work and I also wanted to separate out my metal work and wax work with two different benches. After, a jeweller residency at Vanilla Ink Jewellery School I was really impressed with the bench design and set-up, I found that I was able to work quicker and more effectively – and the design was quite traditional and easy to construct.
I worked with my partner (who is a carpenter) who designed and created the bench - but I think you could create something similar without that experience and follow our the instructions below. We purchased a 6ft butchers block from Home Depot for $200 CAD (a 4ft block would work as well). Butchers’ blocks provide a strong and durable top, which can also be sanded down and refinished multiple times.
Next, we drew and cut out a crescent shape (10 inches deep, and 20 inches wide) with a jigsaw. The cut out allows you to get close to your work and allows space for a bench skin to catch metal dust underneath. We also did some light sanding to smooth out the crescent.
We decided to mount the butchers block to the wall. To do that, we created a support by drilling a 2”x4” of wood into some studs in the corner of my studio. I wanted the height of the bench at 39 inches so we measure accordingly, making sure to account for the thickness of the butchers block. I got the correct height calculation by sitting at my bench chair with my feet on the ground and measuring 2 inches below my shoulder.
It was almost time to install the DIY jeweler’s bench! We carried the butchers block to my studio and placed it on the wood supports that were installed and then bolted the legs in, making sure that the legs were at the correct height and that the bench top is level.
Now, I wanted to add some finishing touches, I had an old piece of leather from a couch to use as a bench skin to catch metal dust. We screwed in some hooks around the cut out, and attached the bench skin with some string, I also used a bit more of the leather to create a place for my files.
This is how the bench turned out! We decided to put some oil-based sealant on it, so that it can be wiped clean and maintain that nice finish a little bit longer. So that is how I made my own jeweler’s bench, have you ever made your own? Is there anything else you would customize?
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