Making jewelry is a craft of excruciating detail. You wouldn’t be a jeweler if you didn’t take some pleasure in precision. Every angle must be right. Every joint clean. Every measurement exact. These details that can take a piece from good to great. From average to award-winning. The ones that are revealed under the all-seeing eye of the jeweler’s loupe.
Luckily, jewelry is also a craft of inveterate tool makers who have created a contraption for just about every puzzle in the craft. If precision angles and exact, repeatable measurements are integral to your work, you should consider a miter cutting vise or a tube cutter. These two little tools can save you tons of time and frustration in your search for the perfect cut. Mark Nelson explains how each works in the short videos below.
The Miter Cutting Vise
A miter cutting vise is used when you need to cut tubing and wire in a precise way. It will help you make cuts at precise angles (typically 45-degrees and 90-degrees) and cut repeatable, consistent lengths.
The Tube Cutter
If you need precise lengths of cuts but aren’t as concerned with the angle of the cut, consider a tube cutter.
How do you ensure precision cuts at the bench? Share your favorite bench hacks in the comments section.