1000 year old tool (Bench hook)

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Project by madts posted 05-27-2013 12:27 AM 4348 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I have started using more hand tools as I get older, I looked for and found my first jig. The Bench Hook.
This is the simplest and most useful jig in the shop. No moving parts, costs but scraps. You can use it, you can abuse it for any thing you want. Japanese pull saws are its only bane. Notice my NICE ASH. I will do a writeup on that later.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 05-27-2013 12:33 AM

Greatest jig in the shop! I started making shooting boards as well (which work fantastic) and found it’s easy enough to flip the shooting board over and use the under side as a bench hook. Dual purpose tool.

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#2 posted 05-27-2013 12:40 AM

Nice jig. I like your bench top. Mine is a door also.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 05-27-2013 12:49 AM

MT. What made you think it was a door?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 05-27-2013 01:13 AM

My first bench was a door and two saw-horses as well. ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 05-27-2013 01:24 AM

madts, if you make a longer bench hook and hook it to the opposite side of the bench, you can use it with a pull saw.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC

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#6 posted 05-27-2013 02:22 AM

Nice to see some one perform a simple task without a life long pursuit of to do it with electricity.

the bench matters little

what comes off the bench

matters more

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 02:56 AM

I made a reverse bench hook for pull saws. The ‘hook’ is miter gauge width material that slips in my tablesaw’s miter gauge slot and the fence is on the edge closest to me.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 08:57 AM

I use my bench hook for both type saws. When I use the japanese saw, I hook the jig in my tool tray and use the front fence. This only works for benches with tool trays. it’s about the only thing I like about a tool tray!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-15-2021 01:59 PM

How did I not see this one…
Big smile I do know and love that plane too and also recognize the plane hammer.
Love them both thank you, the Nice Ash has become my best tool in the allotment.
Big smile my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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