Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Workshop: Building Jewellery Benches

Are you a jeweller without a jewellery bench? Or maybe you're just excited about building things by hand? Come along on Saturday 17 August for the workshop I'm running with the Urban Bush Carpenters on Building Jewellery Benches and Work Benches. The workshop will run from 10am at CERES and will finish by 2pm.

Participation is for a $5 donation, which goes toward the UBC's costs for tools, screws and other materials.

You'll learn the skills to build a jewellery bench or work bench by hand using simple hand tools and found timber. Together we'll build a bench (or two) on the day, and should someone want to take home what we've built, we ask for an additional donation towards materials.

In this workshop we'll work together as a group to learn the basic building and woodworking skills you'll need to build your own bench. If you're a jeweller and you want to get started on your own bench to take home, bring a piece of found wood such as a discarded tabletop, to use as your work bench top. While we're working together to complete one bench, we can also cut your bench top to size and shape on the day.

Wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and weather-appropriate clothing as the workshops are run outdoors. Don't forget a bottle of water! For more information on UBC workshops visit the Urban Bush Carpenters website.

For more information on this workshop email me.


  1. Hi Mel,

    Would you consider filming (and uploading to YouTube)/taking photos of the process? It sounds awesome! Viewers could donate also :-) I'd love to be able to share this knowledge from my little bubble.


    1. That's a great idea, Annelies! I will do my best to get someone to film the process, and I'll definitely take photos to share. I'll also share the plans for making the bench in case you want to have a go at making one!

    2. Awesome! Thanks, Mel :-)

  2. Love the bench and the fabric you used!! Thanks for the idea.

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