Bench Utilities

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Blog series by mpmitche updated 12-11-2010 11:14 PM 3 parts 7477 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Finally making a bench hook and others

12-01-2010 05:37 AM by mpmitche | 2 comments »

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...

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Part 2: Bench Hook

12-02-2010 04:13 AM by mpmitche | 1 comment »

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!

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Part 3: Shooting board and planning stop

12-11-2010 11:14 PM by mpmitche | 2 comments »

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

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