My relatively new hobby is to make small parts or decorations for my classical guitar and make jewels for my wife. So the jewelers saw became an essential tool. But I don't have a bench pin, so I needed one. Cheap to buy one, but I wanted to make my own.
There are many types and designs out in the wild:
This is my favorite one as inspiration:
Before the making the Christmas gift to my wife (3D Layered Veneer Earrings https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Layered-Veneer... I realy needed a proper tool to achieve the goal.
I uploaded a raw SketchUp model of it.
Step 1: Materials, Tools
There were a leftover piece from beech door sill. Look at this piece of wood! Do You see a banch pin out of it? I did.
- metal saw
- jevelers saw with wood blade
- hobby knife (I prefer OLFA)
- flat and round files
- rotary tool
- angle grinder with flap disc
- wood glue
- mini router base (https://www.instructables.com/id/Wooden-Mini-Router... )
Step 2: Basic Shaping
With a flap disc on the angle grinder I made the slope and flattened it on sandpaper. Lined out the design and started to sawing. When finished I fined the surfaces and rounded the edges on the back side. This gives a little more spece underneath to work with the saw or file. Clamp it and the bench pin is ready to use.
On an average project we are finished. But it's not an average project, it's our project. ;) Let's make it better!
Step 3: 2in1 Design, Clamp It With Vise
At this stage You need 2 clamps to secure it tightly. And You see Your vise with one wide base clamp. And here comes the idea of a 2in1 combined design, let's clamp the bench pin with the vise itself. Quickly draw the vise base outlines and start to make some more dust. Finaly You have an option to clamp the bench pin in one step. It was good time to make the gift earrings to my wife: https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Layered-Veneer-...
In a later step I will route a seat for the vise. But at this time a have no router.
Step 4: Mahogany Inlay
So I have no router at this time but have an ugly bite across the wood and some nice mahogany veneers. Make it nice!
Clamped the metal ruler as a guide and used multiple metalsawblades held together to make a groove. Fined with file and fitted the inlay strip. After gluing sanded down to flat, polished and added a touch of citrone oil. I know, it's just a tool... but why not?
Meanwhile I finished my mini router base (https://www.instructables.com/id/Wooden-Mini-Router...) so it's time to finish the seat of the vise.
Step 5: Route the Seat for the Vise
To make it more stable I wanted to route a seat for the vise. Now with the mini router base it was easy.
The finished tool is easy to mount, good to use, and feels good to use. All goals achieved.
Entered to Leftovers contest, if You think it was a good way to use the leftover piece of sill, please vote for it! If You work with small pieces with jevelers saw You might need something similiar.