I'm fairly new in watch repairs, but this is a very helpful thread..
GeneJockey: You were quite lucky with that workbench.. nice..
I have some tips that might be helpful.. For storage of parts for instance.. if you know someone working as a metal machinist.. ask him for empty insertboxes.. in cutting tools for metal, inserts made of tungsten carbide or ceramics are used.. these come in small plastic boxes, with a sliding lid.. with 5 or 10 compartments
as you can see.. an entire FE 68 movement fits inside..
these boxes often can be clicked together, so if you have multiple boxes containing parts of one movement.. click em together..so they stay together..
I'm a toolmaker by profession.. so making tools is what i did..
A movement holder.. no one can do without it.. so.. 2 hours in the shed.. and i had.. This
and a Case holder.. well.. i had some Polyethylene barstock and brass rod left over..
Works like a charm..
after having trouble with antimagnetic tweezers that weren't exactly antimagnetic.. i made my own tweezers out of some titanium sheet..
I love that "cabinet with working surface to put on top of a regular desk.. nice solution.. but.. one can also build his own "made to size" workbench..
I bought to steel cabinets (dentist cabinets) from a salvage shop, made 4 legs for each one to make them higher..
Put a thick plywood worksurface on top. and glued on some laminated floorpanels.. ( a piece of vinyl flooring would also do nicely )
the "cut-out" is because of the fact that i also make jewelry, and the cloth underneath is for collecting silver chips and.. preventing small parts from falling all the way to the floor..
I also use this workbench for scalemodeling.. and i like adding small details to my models.. so a workbench like this is perfect.. althoug i will be building a "dedicated" watchmakers workbench in the near future.. filing silver and plastic parts.. along working with watches don't really mix well..
Finishing watchcases and other parts can be done at the jewellers bench. but watch maintenance and repairs will be carried out on the new bench..