How To Build A Jewellers Bench / DIY Jewellery Workbench

what's up I'm Jonathan and welcome to maker
tales where I'm sharing my maker journey to help you go further in yours so don't
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to keep making in this video I want to show you how I made this jewelry bench
for Jenny having never made one of these I know
nothing about them so I've got done a whole bunch of research to create a list
of goals I want to achieve in the design I want it to be cheap so under a hundred
pounds or a hundred dollars plenty of leg space a metal catch comfortable and
sturdy to work on and what made it a little bit more complicated was I wanted
some built-in storage with these in mind I used the same frame structure as the
basic workbench video and they gave myself the challenge of adding some
French cleat storage drawers to the side after a little more research I ended up
on this design I would like to say now that by no means does this design have
everything a master jeweler needs but it's a good start it's not the simplest
but by far not the most complicated with all that said let's get straight into it
materials wise it's pretty simple some 2 by 4, 25 millimeter MDF to make a really
solid tabletop that is easy to replace it's 12 millimeter plywood with 20
millimeter pine for the cleat storage drawers as for the metal couch some
black canvas and a few grommets and hooks when it comes to the size of a
jewelers workbench it really is different for each person
but what I'm aiming for here is that the working height is just under shoulder
height to prevent slouching and posture fatigue and also giving plenty of room
for movement and shoulders in the curve of a workbench all the dimensions of
Jennys workbench will be in the maker tales website link down in the
description but to get an idea of the size of the workbench its 87 centimeters
high 115 centimeters wide and 75 centimeters deep now that all the wood
is set and ready it's time to put it together I'm going to be using a pocket
hole for the screws as they are not long enough
essentially I'm going to be making a bit hole so I can screw more of the screw
into the a bit of wood other things you may find
useful as a speed square to be able to keep the build as square as possible
additionally when making any workbench it's best that is done on a flat surface
this means you can use the floor as a guide for the tabletop which will help
keep things square now that basic frame is put together
let's get this work bench top sorted I don't know what this curve is called but
there are many ways I've seen jewelers add them to their workbench from some
simple circles to much more complicated ways I'm going to be using a guide that
I've created as I know I need a flat bit in the middle of the curve to make sure
the benchmate can sit Center and securely you can download and print this
guide in the link below too if you need it wider you can extend the middle part
of the curve once you have the guide you have two options you can stick the guide
to the piece of wood and then cut it straight there or you can add pencil to
the line underneath the page to then transfer it faintly onto the material
you're going to cut I do it this way and then go over it with a pencil to make it
a thicker and more visible line or when I'm cutting it now before cutting the
curve out it's best to fix the tabletop to the frame I'm going to simply screw
it down with some slightly countersunk screws this will enable me to fill in
these countersinks with some wood filler that can easily be chipped out if I need
to replace the tabletop in the future plus it leaves the workbench looking
pretty and clean while still being very securely screwed down to the frame the
way that I put tabletops on a frame is I start on one corner going down one edge
and then 90 degrees on the other edge then I go to the opposite corner and
pull it tight to pull the entire structure true meaning that you will
remove any wobble that might be in the frame once the table self is secured is
time to cut along that curved line that you set before I just went at it with a
jig saw on some sandpaper and it came out pretty nice as I said I'm filling
these countersink holes with wood filler I do this in two passes the first one is
to try and fill in as much of the deep part as possible and then the second
pass I go just a little bit over to come back to the chisel and then
teeny-tiny bit of sanding to leave a perfectly flat clean finish technically
speaking at this point you have a functional jewelry bench which can
definitely be more than enough for some but going that extra mile lets out these
drawers and won't go into too much detail on how exactly to make these as
they're just half a box with some pieces of wood neither side the key point here
is the French cleat system things that improves the flexibility in the future
if designs change on top of that the number one tip I would say with French
cleats and using them as drawers is get the drawer mechanism really smoothly
sanded so it's a smooth operation I decided to only add three drawers as I
wanted to leave plenty of space for larger items under if you're going to be
adding drawers to your own workbench make sure to keep things square and
always use pilot holes as you will split the wood if you don't especially when
working with such thin material and even more so with plywood as for the finishing touches I had no
idea how to make the metal catch after quite a bit of looking around I saw a
very blurry photo with this shape as a pattern for making one with no guide I
got to work cutting out the canvas by eye.

lucky for you if you also like this style of catch I've added this into the link below as well once cut is a
case of simply adding a hem grommeting the corners screwing some hooks underneath
the workbench and voila a fully functional jewelry workbench I have to
say I'm really happy with the outcome it is super sturdy and can take a real
beating if you have any questions please leave them down in the comments below
thanks for watching keep making and Let the quest continue.

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