Gordon- How do you get up close to your vise & scope? My vise is on a 'tongue' extension shelf on the front of my bench and pretty much sits in my lap. Your set-up makes my back hurt just looking at the photo...
Haha, Your observation is absolutely correct, Mitch. My bench set up is woefully far from from being otimal, and as you've correctly surmised, does indeed, cause me back and neck discomfort. I do not yet have funds for a turntable/satellite stand as I've very recently bought all the pneumatic gear and scope. I'm just getting back into engraving after being away from it for 10+ years. Back then, I did only hand-push, (a lot of wriggle), using only super-strong reading glasses for magnification. I'm slowly find my way into "modern engraving" techniques & tools with the help of many people here, chief among them being Sam Alfano who has been extremely generous to me in many ways. As much as I'm loving having a microscope now, it's totally obvious that it presents a new problem: keeping work centered under the scope. So my next piece of equipment will be a satellite type stand of some sort with a revolving turntable.
The Australian version of a tornado hit my bench!
Combination bench for engraving , clock repairs and everything else. There is another similar one in an outside "studio" for the bigger machinery. The scope setup etc is used for many uses and is adapted for engraving as required. Picture shows setup for engraving/ sculpting a jade panel. I promised my wife it would all be tidy by Xmas.(Ho Ho Ho)
What a great thread. At some point I'm going to want to set up a proper work bench and there's some wonderfull ideas being presented here. Thanks to everyone that has participated. As for me, I have two. One in the basement where I engrave and one in the garage where I build guns and do a little bit of engraving. As much as I hate it, I seem to always be working in a perpetual state of chaos.[/QUOTa lath what I wouldn't do forone.