I love this platform. It’s made from scrap aluminum and a large piece of graphite purchased at a glass supply store. I’m left handed so I have the platform offset to the left side of the torch for better access to the work surface. The aluminum tray is crenelated or notched to prevent glass rods from rolling away. The platform also helps to warm the glass because the rods can be placed near the flame if desired. I place pieces of glass and shards on the graphite and pick up the pieces with a glass gather.