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Getting a Grip

by Mark B. Mann - 2004
Euro Tool, Inc. offers a wide variety of innovative and standard holding device's to make working at the bench easier, safer and more productive. Here's an overview of a selection:
These tweezers are good for half-shank, quarter-shank and other jobs where good holding and heat-sinking are required.
In this application, the three-stone ring is firmly held by the bottom "u-shaped" and top straight tangs of the tweezers. The new half-shank is being held by the arm tang that swings in and out of the way when not being used for other applications.
The metal "u-shaped" holder is for use with Euro Tool's large head and grooved wooden clamps. This holder provides ample support and allows the clamps to move freely within the "u-shaped" forks. Hardware for various mounting styles onto the bench is provided.
The bulbous top of this hardwood clamp provides unlimited smoothly accomplished positioning options and makes it ideal for setting and engraving projects. Because of the ample support provided by the metal holder, no upward force is required reducing fatigue and increasing safety and flexibility.
This clamp fits within the forks of the metal holder or the "V" groove of a standard wooden bench pin. It has thick leather jaws and is made of mahogany for long lasting use. An endless variety of tasks can be accomplished using this clamp.
Euro Tools's SMARTViceT provides increased holding power for piercing. It's made of heavy spring steel and has leather lined holding jaws. It comes with hardware for several bench mounting options.
Piercing when using the SMARTViceT gives the bench jeweler generously strong holding power. The jaws are easily opened and closed by the swing arm that mounts on either the left (as shown) or right sides. The vice is positioned higher than standard bench pins at the bench allowing better viewing by the bench jeweler when sawing.
The Hot Pot supplied by Euro Tool is for use with Jett SettT thermoplastic (upper left corner of photo). Jett SettT is heated and worked into a desired working or holding form. The Hot Pot has a control for the water temperature. After heating, the small thermoplastic pellets are removed from the hot water with a utensil and formed. In this example, a handle is being formed for a 3/0 graver.
The Jett SettT is formed into a handle shape. The graver is inserted into the thermoplastic. The outside of the thermoplastic is form-fitted into the user's hand. It is not breakable, reduces fatigue and increases safety. The material replaces shellac as it's much easier to form, and it's easier to remove work pieces from. Heating and cooling is accomplished by hot water, not a torch and it's easily removed. It's ideal for tool and file handles, holding fixtures and milling beds. When cooled, the thermoplastic is not breakable and requires no machining. The outside shape can be modified by using coarse files or wax burs. Euro Tool provides the Hot Pot, Jett SettT thermoplastic and a compatible ring holding device separately.
This cross locking tweezers stands up on any flat surface. They are made of stainless steel and hold work about 1 inch off of the surface below.
In this photograph, the moissanite earring is rounded on top but securely held in place for soldering by the flat tweezers. The Omega earring clip is protected from heat by the broad end tangs of the tweezers.
This simple ring cutting jig mounts easily on any bench. Using two screws will fix it in location, or using only one screw will secure it and allow the user to "swing" it out of the way when it's not being used.
The angled cut of the hardwood jig with its open slit allows the bench jeweler to support a ring for optimum viewing and sawing prior to sizing.


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