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AJDay
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Work Surface?

#1 Post by AJDay » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:55 am

I've commandeered our nice wooden tea tray to use as a working surface so that when I inevitably launch a tiny screw from my tweezers it has a chance of being contained...

It goes without saying that my wife isn't thrilled that I'm cleaning and oiling parts on our tray, so I was wondering; what do you guys do your work on? I'm sure some have watchmaker benches with three sides, but for those of us who aren't looking to spend that kind of money, any good ideas?

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Adam

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#2 Post by GeneJockey » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:24 am

Buy an other, cheaper tray, and take off one side.
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#3 Post by trim » Sat Feb 25, 2012 12:04 pm

I made mine from a white laminate shelf (easily bought separately and in lots of useful sizes), to which I screwed some thin pine strips on 3 edges. I then brought it up to proper working hight with a couple of short plastic drawer units.

It is nice and durable, and super easy to make. However, if I were to make it again, I would router a groove in the front edge - but not really needed. I am now planning to graduate onto a proper purpose made desk, but this has served me very well, for some quite complex work.
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#4 Post by trim » Sat Feb 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Photo always is better...

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Although as I said, I am ready for an upgrade.
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#5 Post by AJDay » Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:47 pm

Thanks, yeah, the work height is becoming more of an issue the more time I spend hunched over the desk, my neck is feeling it...

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#6 Post by GeneJockey » Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:22 pm

AJDay wrote:Thanks, yeah, the work height is becoming more of an issue the more time I spend hunched over the desk, my neck is feeling it...
I took the opposite approach. Instead of raising my work surface, I lowered my seat. I sit on a low ottoman left over from a defunct living room set. Now my neck and back don't bother me. No, now it's my legs. :roll:
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#7 Post by watchservice » Wed May 09, 2012 12:18 am

In my opinion, while working on a watch, it is important to be seated at your bench so that your work is armpit height. The area must be wide enough for you to rest your elbows on the top of the bench as you work.

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#8 Post by GeneJockey » Fri May 11, 2012 7:22 am

The other thing you can do is to constantly check Craig's List and/or the classifieds. I found a used watchmaker's bench on Craig's List

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I had to refinish it before my wife would allow it in the living room

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And then I ordered a sheet of drafting table mat for the top, and here it is...

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#9 Post by HandyDan » Fri May 11, 2012 9:00 am

I have a very nice drafting table that can elevate to a comfortable level. The big work surface is used mainly for storage. I do all the "work" on a plastic cutting board that's about 9" x 12".

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