How to Build a Jeweler's Bench

Joshua Black

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

Create a workbench for jewelry making using a few simple tools and materials.
  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. 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. Assemble the base frame of the jeweler's desk using wood screws and glue.

  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. 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 jewelry peces.

  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.

  7. Tip

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