Bench Hook

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Project by Dave Pearce posted 02-19-2010 09:20 PM 5207 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple sawing appliance for the bench which allows you to quickly cut a straight line. The first one I’d made about a year ago, from 3/4 plywood, is near the end of it’s useful life. Mostly, people build these items out of scrap lumber or plywood because typical use tends to eventually destroy them. Tom Fidgen’s Made By Hand book showed a slightly nicer version, so I patterned my new one after that, allowing for sawing with a Western (push) cut saw, or a Japanese (pull) cut saw.

All the parts were made from rough sawn stock of Maple and Walnut, using nothing but hand tools in the process with a slight chamfer on all exposed edges.

I used a simple finish of Boiled Linseed Oil (cut 3:1 with natural Turpentine spirits) and paste wax to top it all off.



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#1 posted 02-20-2010 12:33 AM

Nice. How did you like Tom’s book? Also, have a shooting board in the works?

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#2 posted 02-20-2010 04:40 AM

Neat jig, I had no idea what you could do with one or how to use it. This longish video has a good set of examples on how to use one if you were ignorant like me.


-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#3 posted 02-20-2010 08:18 AM

Didn’t realize scrap could be so versatile… day wasn’t a loss…...learned something new…thanks

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#4 posted 02-20-2010 09:12 AM

Thanks for the comments! To answer WayneC’s question, Tom’s book was pretty decent, although I think the people who would benefit the most from it are folks who are getting deeper into hand tools for the first time. It definitely has alot of good information on tools and useful applicances, and the projects section of the book shows alot of nice work Tom has done. If you’re a fan of working without power tools, it’s a good book to have around. And yes, I need a good shooting board as well, that’ll probably be the next thing I get into once a few more of the projects on my list for the house are done.

Chase, I agree, it’s quite useful once you see it in action. It’s deceptively simple at the same time. After building my first one, I ended up using it so much, I wondered how I got along without it. Now I wouldn’t want to do without.

mmkidd: I think there’s a famous movie quote to explain the scraps phenomenom: “Use the scraps, Luke!”. Ok, that was pretty bad, but the box I keep hardwood scraps in is constantly being pulled from for all sorts of ridiculous, and not-so-ridiculous things. I keep threatening to use them for kindling, but then some project like this comes along, and suddenly I’m glad I hung on to them.


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#5 posted 02-21-2010 02:47 AM

Nice bench hook.

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