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    Watchmakers bench feature?

    I recently picked up this watchmakers bench and am curious about one of its features. Does anyone know what the small box in the upper right corner of the operators leg well is? The wooden box has a semicircular opening in the front.




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    That was for chalk. The old dudes would load a brush with chalk and then rub down the parts. It's a really really gentle abrasive and would bring up a luster on plates and bridges.

    It can also be used wet, and is a good way to get gilded parts shining on old watches that might be hurt by strong modern ammoniated cleaning solutions.
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    Re: Watchmakers bench feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by maillchort View Post
    That was for chalk. The old dudes would load a brush with chalk and then rub down the parts. It's a really really gentle abrasive and would bring up a luster on plates and bridges.

    It can also be used wet, and is a good way to get gilded parts shining on old watches that might be hurt by strong modern ammoniated cleaning solutions.
    Ah! Thank you so much. That would explain the white residue inside.




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    Nice bench pilotingpete.

    Looks like it also had provision for a roll top at one stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1afc View Post
    Nice bench pilotingpete.

    Looks like it also had provision for a roll top at one stage.
    It does have a roll top! Interestingly, the roll top also activates a locking mechanism for all of the drawers.

    There is a large kick wheel to drive the lathe too that I have to put back in. I took it out to move the bench up stairs.




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