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josef1
10-10-2016, 07:39 PM
http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/JosefOne/DSC_0292_zpsgj7nsarj.jpg

My setting bench is still a work in progress, It basically a piece of plywood on a screw actuator the problem I had was everything fell off it because there were no sides. So I decided to fix something up this weekend. I also had a peice of polythene type plastic similar material to what kitchen chopping boards are made from. I decided it would be easier to clean up and also find things on. I also wanted a radius on the front as the edge as the plywood dug into my arms. I dont solder at the setting bench so i figured the the plastic should work out ok, I will just have to see !

http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/JosefOne/DSC_0401_zpsbixqa7ey.jpg

The screw actuator is connected to an electric motor so I can change the height of the bench easily it also lets me get into the drawers behind it. I think it came from a pad printing machine originally.


http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/JosefOne/DSC_0399_zpsxrr6jfqe.jpg

the bench top as it was




The new surface with a radius on the front i used a hot air paint stripper gun to get it hot enough to bend then clamped it with the woodern batton on the front

http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq182/JosefOne/DSC_0411_zpshxzum4b7.jpg

the white box on the right controls the up and down and also the microscope light
I just need to fill and stain the woodern parts now and give everything a good tidy up, but maybe thats a job for next weekend

-Sally-
10-10-2016, 08:32 PM
Ooh! It looks great - is it a softish nylony kind of plastic or a harder, smoother acrylicy kind? I'd be very interested to know how it wears with use.
Sally

Aurarius
10-10-2016, 09:06 PM
Ooh! It looks great - is it a softish nylony kind of plastic or a harder, smoother acrylicy kind? I'd be very interested to know how it wears with use.
Sally

It sounds like it's probably teflon.
I thought my bench was OK when it had no upstands to stop things rolling off - until a box with about 100 burrs in went over the edge; I was picking them up from under the furniture for days. Now it has upstands.
The height adjustable bench is a great idea.

josef1
10-10-2016, 09:07 PM
Yeah its a softish nylony one. I hope it wears well lol !

-Sally-
10-10-2016, 09:32 PM
I thought my bench was OK when it had no upstands to stop things rolling off - until a box with about 100 burrs in went over the edge; I was picking them up from under the furniture for days. Now it has upstands.

I've recently done the same with my piercing saw blade holder - I now have a huge heap of mixed blades!

Dennis
10-10-2016, 09:47 PM
Sods law says that you still need to catch small objects which roll off the front though, Joseph

Aurarius
10-10-2016, 09:54 PM
I've recently done the same with my piercing saw blade holder - I now have a huge heap of mixed blades!
Look in the Cookson catalogue and find the chart that shows you the dimensions of all the different blade sizes. Look at the blade thickness column, note the thickness of each blade size, then get your digital caliper out and measure the thickness of each blade in the pile. You'll soon have them sorted out again.

josef1
10-10-2016, 10:49 PM
Sods law says that you still need to catch small objects which roll off the front though, Joseph


Hahah very true Dennis

enigma
11-10-2016, 12:05 AM
Cool idea, I just had my husband build me a bench for my setting and engraving but not as techy as that !