Professional Jeweler Archive: AllSet Milling Assembly

December 2001

Professional Bench/The Path to Proficiency


AllSet Milling Assembly

This tool provides high levels of precision for manufacturing. Increased speed and an affordable price are bonuses


The Foredom® AllSet™ Milling Assembly is a very flexible, affordable and easy-to-use tool capable of a variety of applications. Among them:

  • Wax and metal shaping.
  • Sanding and flush cutting.
  • Repeatable straight hole cutting.
  • Precision milling of wax and metal.
  • Scoring of sheet and wire for precision bending.

The AllSet Milling Assembly was invented and designed by Jeffrey Mathews. He and his father manufactured prototypes, then asked bench jewelers to try them. Their positive feedback proved the unit would be instantly successful. They soon had to mass-produce the units to make them available to a broader audience at an affordable price. Here is one application of the tool.

Foredom® AllSet™ Milling Assembly

1. Mathews uses the AllSet Milling Assembly and a 90&Mac251; bearing bur to score a sterling silver plate that will be bent and formed into a box.

2. Next he uses a saw bur to cut and remove each corner.

3. The box has been formed and soldered. Mathews removes the top of the bottom of the box with a diamond cut-off wheel.
4. The removed portion is so precise it will serve as the bottom section of the top of the box with little or no fitting required.

For information about the Foredom AllSet, call your tool dealer. Extensive AllSet product information can be found on pp. 274-278 of the 2001 Rio Grande Tools and Equipment catalog.

Manufacturing a sterling silver box is a requirement for the fourth level of JA’s Bench Jewelers Certification program. For information about certification, contact JA at (800) 223-0673 or www.jewelers.org.

By Mark B. Mann, Director of Trade Programs, Jewelers of America

Featured invention and applications by Jeffrey Mathews
JA® Certified Master Bench Jeweler,™ Jeffrey Mathews Designs, Dallas, TX

Photographs are courtesy of Jewelers of America
©2001 Jewelers of America


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