I didn’t really think about the mess that working in metal can produce until I started piercing (cutting out) shapes for my jewelry class. Then I realized that if I wanted to do any sanding, dremel, or cutting in my studio, I’d have to find a way to contain the metal dust. I also didn’t realized just how fine the metal dust is until I used a towel on the dining room table for a sanding project and found that the dust had gone right through it! That meant that in order to set up a contained station, I’d need a way to catch the dust and that it had to be non-porous. A bit of research on jewelers benches showed me the solution for the catching: a catch tray (duh). I tried a couple of different ideas for my bench using a shower curtain. The curtain was too stiff and the Velcro, snaps and other attaching devices not “user friendly.” Then I found a solution: using pipe to create a detachable catch tray. I liked it because I could put it away when I was finished, and it could be customized for my odd shaped bench. Trial run with the shower curtain showed that the structure would be fine, I just needed a different fabric. A trip to JoAnne’s, a piece of lined vinyl and voila! I also put a piece of the vinyl on the top of the table to catch fly away dust and attempt to keep it from coating all my bead & stone trays and tools!
A couple of tips: be sure to measure the fabric around the PVC pipe so it fits snugly. Hem the front first, the sides next and finally fit to your bench with a dart.