|Blog series by mpmitche||updated 1321 days ago||3 parts||5500 reads||5 comments total|
I have been working with all my new (read antiques that I have been cleaning up) hand tools for a few months with some pretty makeshift work holding devices. Starting a few days ago I have finally had a chance to start working on a few bench top helpers. I think I have enough MDF and scraps to make a bench hook with a planing stop for small work and to help with some chisel work, a bench hook for cross cutting (will add a miter too) and a shooting board. Having these helpers should make wo...
The first helper on my list has been a bench hook. Here is a pic of my old cross cutting helper. Yes, that is a nail set dropped into a hole and it is a pretty sad way to try to hold work. Here is a shot of the bench hook I finished up tonight. The new one is MDF with a 1” x 1” QSWO fence and it works so much better!
I have now added a few more bench hooking utilities to my list. Here is my shooting board that I plan to use to trim end grain. The board has about 14” of landing which should be plenty. And here is a little planning stop that has alredy come in handy for planning and for chisel work