Tom designed this bench pin with support optimization in mind. The cutouts in this unique bench pin allow you to slip the blade of your saw into the interiors of the pin arms in order to saw small parts with full support. The cutout at the v-point of the pin is for backing support of rods, wires, and sheet for filing.
This pin is designed to be mounted to the top of your workbench giving you a flat continuous surface for sawing. Use coarse thread 1.25" inch drywall screws to mount.
Made from wood, Bench pin measures 6"L x 4"W.
What is a Bench Pin? It is a necessary partner to the jewelers saw? Without it, the saw will have a lot of difficulty doing what it is designed to do.
A Bench Pin has three primary purposes:
1. It is an extension of the workbench surface out into space providing clearance for the hand that is holding the jewelers' saw.
2. It provides support for the material that is being sawn (sawed?)
3. It is a safety device designed to protect your fingers that are compressing the work material into it so you don't saw into them, as long as you keep behind the "cut line."
So what's so different about Thomas Mann's studioFLUX Bench in?
1. FLAT SAWING ENVIRONMENT - Because it mounts ideally with screws into the bench top it provides a flat sawing surface on which the material being sawn can be adequately compressed to the pin surface. Remember: Vibration is the enemy of GOOD sawing. Also, a large sheet of material is easily accommodated when the surface is flat.
2. SMALL PARTS SAWING SLITS - The oblong shaped slot and the round hole on the other side of the pin are designed to accommodate the sawing of small parts that would be hard to hold in the large primary V opening, and which the small openings can deliver full, all around support for the small parts.
3. FILE POINT OPENINGS - The half round and square indentations in the pin are designed to provide backstop support for objects of a variety of shapes ranging from wire, rod or sheet.
4. ATTACHMENT OPTIONS - Ideally you would attach the studioFLUX Bench Pin to the surface of your bench with two tech screws. You could also attach the pin to the lip of a table or bench with the provided C-clamp. This option is not ideal as the C-clamp, in most cases, cannot be tightened sufficient to prevent is from flexing. TWO MISSING BITS - You can install a small, metal, removable, low profile stop on the surface near the front of one leg of the pin. You can use this stop to catch the edge of a workpiece that cannot be stopped otherwise, for filing or shaping. Another form of the file stop can be added by sawing out a shelf at the front of each file point.
EXPENDABILITY - In a production studio, bench pins are viewed as expendable tools. Some shops replace them a couple of times a year so that there is always a good place or sawing and filing. This hardwood pin will last a lot longer than soft wood versions.