Another tools for jewels episode, over the last couple of days I have made several more bespoke sanding sticks on the same lines as the earlier video which I called "The sanding square", let me show you their features.
Another version of my home made ring holder, this time with a double post and a tapered cam that is powered by the engravers block itself, it is about the most simple setup, no need for threaded vice blocks etc, plain and simple tapered and expandable ring mandrel.
As I begin working out how to equip myself on a budget one soons learns how things work and potential pitfalls as they materialiise, here is what I have been doing over the last few days since my previous video.
There is new ideas and items to come in this subject which I am currently working on, plus a new vice kit for holding many different shapes, all on a budget for those who cannot afford the pro kit.
This is how I shape and work metals using my homemade woodturning lathe, with a little injenuity and a few old world skills it can be nearly as quick to turn some kinds of metals as fast as a dedicated metalwork lathe, especially brass, the wood lathe also gives you complete freedom of expression when turning and shaping compound and or complicated curves.
As the title says this is my final synopsis upon the reciprocating type engraving sysytem from an engineering perspective.
I have now feel I have finally exhausted where I want to go concerning this type of system, the next stage is to build a veriaty of different work stations with different power sources, namely compresed air, by either in inbuilt supply on demad or an external source, price permitting that is, So can anything be different to what is already out there, the answer is, not much, however!, the guises and superstructure can be similar, as nothing is really new under the sun as they say.
What can be different is a much better supply of open source and easy to follow drawings for those who simply do not have the wherewithall to begin in this niche market of, and what become/s expensive toys in the hands of the hobbyist.
This I endeavor to change if I at all humanly possible, so it opens up the arena to potential craftsmen and women lying in wait, who would like to have a go but cannot afford it, or by buying cheaper label knock off's, only to find they still cannot get ahead due to poor workmanship and poor engineering, that does not last more than a few weeks at best in some cases.
There are so many different video's out there which on their own do not give the complete information which in turn can actually stall any forward progress one likes to make, so keep watching and see what we can develope together,
If there is anyone interested in detailed drawings of how to make the hand graver themselves, drop me a message at
A foot operated jewellers saw I designed several years ago, foot operated it free's up both hands during cutting, a shaft is attached to a foot pedal on the floor, still in the making but planning to start making.
In this video I show how i make my own sanding stick that holds the abrasive media without any rubber bands or sticky tape, when the paper is worn out use the blank to make your next one by drawing around it to get the correct amount of taper.
The items were both made from an old scrapped stainless steel fire extinguisher body, a couple of used or recycled geared Parvalux motors and a lot of patience, the sharpener has a magnetic hold down table donning four strong magnets glued in place, she can true up old battered wood chisels in only a couple of minutes using the diamond coated discs, max speed 190 rpm, the casting machine 900 rpm. Here I saved myself well over 3-1/2 k making these items, which I could never possibly afford today, again here is where the real life skills bring in the savings which are worth more to me than money itself, the total cost for making both of these was well under a hundred bucks all in over a six month period.
After burning my fingers for the umpteenth time I decided to make this handy tool, made from Pink Ivorywood, the wood of the Zulu Kings staff of old, it has several different size holes and a central groove to hold any ring firmly, the hinge is made from German Silver and the axle from an old saw handle bolt, no more charred fingers.
The sanding square was a popular device during the Victorian period for the silversmith, she consisted of a square billet of timber which is then cut with a slight taper and then turned for the handle, a tricky job and the result is a highly punctional sanding stick that does not need the aid of masking tape to secure the abrasive being used.
Brand new, is my version of a flexi drive system, the motor is a replacement for a Dyson hoover and the flexi shaft an after market remake of the famous foredom system, but at a snip of the price of the original; The quality is actually excellent for the price.
The mount is made from Birch plywood which is excellent platform for this kind of mount and free from the scrap cut off pile. It really is a simple layout with a main platform for the motor and a spaced rail to hold the outer cable and to stop it spinning.
Another jewellers bench tool I made in house in the form of a bracelet press, this is used to form a convexed shape to items of jewellery or craftwork, she consists of two sections of aluminium plate and a handle which pivots inside another guide to act as a press, the lower stands or formers are made from small pieces of scrap wood and can be turned in a couple of minuites to the desired shape, total cost was £12.50 and two hours of my own dint.
Made from an old Tefal pressure cooker with custom made injection valve made from stock materials, the bottom of chamber has a small socket seperate from the inner chamber to mount the temp sender to the digital gauge, there are two schrader car wheel valves inserted into the lid where the original valves were extant, to use it you manually pump up the cyclinder with a bycycle pump.
She is warmed up on the gas stove to working temp, 10 PSI lasts about five to six injections before you need a couple more top up pumps, the whole unit is very easy to use and cost around 20 pounds to make, cooking pot came for free but you can pick these up for about ten to twenty pounds second hand.