How to Build a Jeweler's Bench

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How to Build a Jeweler's Bench
Create a workbench for jewellery making using a few simple tools and materials. (tischlerei 2 image by fotohansi from

Jewellers use a specific workbench that is higher from the ground than a standard table. When creating a jeweller's workbench, it must be strong enough to withstand the tools and materials of the craft, yet small enough to fit nicely in a jewellery studio or in a corner of your home. Make your own jeweller's bench using simple tools, basic carpentry and wood.

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Things you need

  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Tape measure
  • Plywood
  • Swing-arm reading lamp
  • Masonite
  • 2 X 4 boards
  • 1 X 6 board

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  1. 1

    Cut the plywood and Masonite to the dimensions of the table top, typically 48 inches by 24 inches. Glue both of these pieces on top of each other. Remove an arched section in the middle of the table called a "belly hole" so that you can move in and view your work closely.

  2. 2

    Cut four legs from the 2 by 4 feet of wood at a length of 36 inches. This will allow you to get very close to your work when sitting down. Create cross-braces from the remaining 2 by 4 feet material.

  3. 3

    Assemble the base frame of the jeweller's desk using wood screws and glue.

  4. 4

    Attach the bench top to the base frame and screw the top down with wood screws and glue. This combination of a heavy frame and a reinforced top will provide a very sturdy working surface.

  5. 5

    Create the back of the bench top using the 1 by 6 foot board. This back will keep you from losing tools behind your bench as you pound on the jewelery peces.

  6. 6

    Attach a reading lamp to one edge of the workbench (the opposite side of your dominant hand). Extra lighting is required when working with small parts and tools.

Tips and warnings

  • Optionally, you can add drawers to your jeweller's bench to provide a storage space for spare parts and small tools.

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