We will start with the construction of your own jewelers’ workbench, with a removable/foldable lower leg section.  The removable leg section will make it portable enough that everyone should be able get it home in any size car (except the new minicars). Remember to leave room around your luggage for your bench! 

This bench is perfect for the person who doesn’t have a dedicated jewelry making work space. It can be easily disassembled and stored away without the use of tools.  This class does not have any prerequisites other than the ability to read a ruler.  Be aware that we will be using wood working power tools, power sanders, and hand tools.  It's also important for each student to know that the class will be held outdoors under a covered work area near the Wildacres barn.  Bring lots of old clothes that you won't mind getting covered in sawdust, metal shavings and wood stain.  Near the end of the class I will discuss the uses of the bench pin and we will make several pin configurations that will fit your bench.  At the end of this class you will have made a high quality workbench that will last you a lifetime.  See the photos for a few examples of previous students work. 

Lab fee: $300.00 covers all materials (such as wood, screws, stain, brass hinges, latches, disposables, use of all power tools, instructional material, etc. Cabinet grade maple plywood or other hardwood is used. Fee may vary slightly depending on the cost of wood at the time of the class. I will e-mail each student before the class begins with the exact class fee.  Maximum Number of Students: 6 

Pre-requisite: None

Lab Fee:  $300

Estimated Materials Cost:  $0

Prerequisites:  None


Danny Griffin

I have been a jewelry maker for almost 25 years and have been modifying or making new tools just about the whole time.  I started doing the work bench making class around 2015 after seeing a similar bench in a Lapidary Journal article.  The article was written by Tom Benham.  I slightly modified the plans to make the bench fold easier. During a Show and Tell Tom was pleased to see that his design had been constructed by so many students.

For the SFMS I have taught classes at William Holland and Wildacres. I was the Education Chair for several years and Wildacres Director more than once. I am currently the Education Co-Chair.