Bench Jewelry Shop
A bench shop is where one primarily does hand fabrication which includes drilling, sawing, soldering, forging, chasing, and stone setting. The number of tools that one needs depends largely on what type of projects are being done. If there is mostly just making bezels, bands and setting cabochons then a jewelry saw, torch, setting and polishing tools are sufficient. However, if you like to do forming, or chasing you may need a number of other tool. I will show a lot of tools and what they are for, but, one does not necessarily need all of them.
There are many hand tools, saw bench pin, mandrels , pliers of all kinds and cutting tools. I will show some of the ones I use most and as a member of my class you will be familiar with. These are not all of your choices. As you dial in on what type of jewelry you like to make you may buy tools more specific to your tasks that make things faster and effective.
Ring mandrels are a must have. They come in wood, plastic, aluminum, and steel. You can get them with sizes and no groove down the edge or with a groove or you can get them with a groove. I recommend a steel one with sizes and no groove if you are only getting one, it is however, personal preference.