New shooting board and bench hook

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Project by AGolden posted 05-05-2021 05:34 AM 973 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a shooting board and a bench hook out of some scraps of cherry, maple, and baltic birch plywood using mostly hand tools. I designed them so that I could hook them backwards or forwards on my bench so they can be used with either western or Japanese hand tools. I even drilled a hole in the bench hook so I can stick a dog or stop in as extra support.

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#1 posted 05-05-2021 01:17 PM

Incredibly handy in the shop.

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 05-05-2021 01:27 PM

Handy yes, but what a waste of highly figured maple on a shop jig!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 05-05-2021 02:49 PM

Handy yes, but what a waste of highly figured maple on a shop jig!

- Madmark2

normally I would agree, but they were scrap bits and i figured that my last shooting board lasted years and i look at them every day so I might as well enjoy them aesthetically just as much as I enjoy the other pieces that i build.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-05-2021 05:40 PM

Nice work, al. My shooting board has a target stapled to it!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 05-05-2021 08:04 PM

Slick builds both of them, but I would be distracted looking at that cool grain.

Jim, I have a “shooting board” like that too, but I also have a few for them hand planes, and everyone needs a bench hook, saw hook…. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 05-06-2021 02:21 AM

Clever design for bi-directional hooks and chutes. Well thought out.

-- Galootish log blog,

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