at moderate cost

An Engraver's Pad is made by sewing two disks of leather together, and then filling them with sand.

When hand engraving flat material (e.g. sheet steel, copper, or plastic), as for example when making masters for a Cronite Engraving Machine, the use of an engraver's pad lets you have your hands below the height at which the work sits. It also lets you rotate the work while engraving lines into it, and to spin the work rapidly to reposition it to the most convenient orientation for further work.

If you try to do this type of work with the material flat down on a desk, you will find it extremely frustrating, although you may not recognize why right away. If you then try doing the same work on an engraver's pad, the increased ease of working isn't something you'd gradually come to see was somewhat of an improvemt – it is a HUGE improvement that would be immediately apparent to you in the first 10 seconds of use. 

When I first needed an engraver's pad, about 10/12 years ago, a ready-made one was about US$80. (Now, so far as I can see, they are not even offered.)  I therefore made my own engraver's pad by hand sewing two 8" diameter leather discs together with two rows of saddle stitching – several hours of tough, tedious work.

The photo below shows my pad, with a hand cut master and my shop-made graver for cutting same.  (Not that it is important, but I have gone over the engraved lines with a pencil to make them stand out more for this photograph.)

guy's pad (small)

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Engravers have used pads like this for over 500 years, and probably for much more than 1000 years.

I have mentioned the desirability of having an engraver's pad to several guys I've talked to as a result of them having seen the "Engraving Machines For Sale" page on my website, and all of them seemed to want one.  

I have therefore had a few made up for me by a friend who owns a heavy duty sewing machine.  You will have to fill it with sand when you get it, and then finish off the last 2" of sewing.  Holes for this last bit of sewing are pre-punched and thread is provided, so this will be easy to do.  See photo below.

unfilled pad
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Note: It is a good idea to get the finest sand particles out of your sand before putting it into the engraver's pad.  Full instructions for removing the "fines" from your sand, and for filling the engraver's pad, will be sent with each unfilled pad.  

Price: US$ 47 postpaid

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