Splinters of thought #4: Adjustable Bench Hook

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 10-26-2015 12:27 AM 1076 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Adjustable Bench Hook Bench hooks are a very nice addition to a workbench.
Sometimes for carving a small piece, a bench hook can be a bit too deep. Using a woodtek router bit (bit #942858I 14” shank) had for making jigs I routed two slots in a bench hook and drilled some holes for the hardware to slip in. I had thought about using a T-track inlayed in the hook for the adjustment, but I thought that it might mess up a chisel if you slipped off the piece you were working on. The slots are routed in to about 6” from the end so you can bring the stop up to work on small carvings. I glued and then added some screws into the permanent rests to hold them in place.
The only thing I would change is that I would like to be able to add a removable rest to the right side so you could wedge the piece in well. This bench hook is made from some leftover cherry I used for my table saw bench top.

-- Brian Noel

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#1 posted 10-26-2015 02:52 AM

Interesting, Brian. What kind of carving do you do on/with a bench hook? That is a new use to me.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 10-26-2015 12:26 PM

You can use it for relief carving

or for carving blocks for block printing.

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 10-26-2015 12:30 PM

or for carving blocks for block printing. (I hit “post” a little too fast)

Like I said I would like to add a removable side. It has been useful to have around the shop, if you are crosscutting thin stock it brings the work closer which is nice. I still use my regular bench hook more, but it was a fun little build.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 10-27-2015 04:15 AM

I love that cam pin set up you showed in the second picture could have used that today. lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#5 posted 10-27-2015 05:57 PM

Love and appreciate your tips Brian, keep them coming!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-27-2015 10:19 PM

Thanks guys, I would love to get out your way stefang. I bet it is beautiful there.

-- Brian Noel

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 06:48 AM

What an awesome Idea. I’m gonna steal it, if you don’t mind?

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