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Project by Slyy posted 12-11-2014 04:16 PM 1880 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well figured that it’s about time I start transitioning myself closer to being an actual woodworker, it’s a slow process but it’s getting there! As part of that I figured its about time I make a set of bench hooks.

I sorta went for a simpler copy of the Bad Axe versions I see all over the interwebs and the Tube. No fancy dadoes just glue and screws. Made out of some no-name (but for once decent looking) Lowes 3/4 ply. The planing stop hook features a short strip of as straight grained as I could find 1/4” red oak. The dimensions for the Bad Axe versions were 6×10” but I went for a bit bigger, mine are 10” wide and 14” deep, my thinking here was it just seemed a more substantial registration/stable surface.

Finished with some danish oil and paste wax, though after a bit of use with my saw hook, I realize these are very much limited lifespan tools.

For those that care to comment: what brand of screws do you typically use for your work? I have no idea where I sourced the screws I used constructing this (just in my wood screw bin) but I pre-drilled and counter suck them all but had two tear the head off as I placed them. Not a huge deal on this particular project but would be a real pain for future endeavors!

Thx for looking and go out and make a pair!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson





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#1 posted 12-11-2014 05:24 PM

Nice Jake

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 12-11-2014 05:42 PM

Sharp! We’re the screws steel or brass?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 06:27 PM

You’ll reach for them alot, they look great!

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#4 posted 12-11-2014 07:35 PM

Thx fellas. Smitty, already come in handy several times in just a day. God knows why I hadn’t made some before.

Andy, all I can tell you is they looked brass on the outside but pot-metal/zinc looking on the inside.
Just wondering if anyone goes after some specific/more reliable brand or if there’s not much consideration there.

Just hate the idea of some future expensive project getting broken screws in it!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#5 posted 12-11-2014 09:51 PM

Brand of screws I use?
—> I do not use them.

Just use well-cut joints that are appropriate for the forces that might be experienced (e.g. racking, compression…). Traditional techniques such as mortise & tenon, draw bored mortise & tenon, doweling, dovetail, et-cetera will last much longer. Plus these techniques drive down the cost as one is not forced to purchase screws.

That’s a nice looking back saw, btw.

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#6 posted 12-11-2014 09:59 PM

Your bench hooks look a lot better than mine, I’m sure they will serve you well!

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 10:31 PM


That s a nice looking back saw, btw.

- Daniel

Thanks Daniel, I have a pair of them, once belonged to my Grandfather, some Tyzack and Sons circa 1950. One day, when my skills are up to it, would love to replace the totes with something more befitting them!

Slovish – appreciate the compliment they’ve already become useful!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#8 posted 12-11-2014 10:53 PM

Jake, put a steel screw in first and replace it with the brass screw.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 12-11-2014 11:25 PM

thx for the tip Andy

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#10 posted 12-12-2014 04:06 AM

Very useful and well made. Reason for more shallow hooks for me, is short arms (31” sleeve length), thus, closer registration block makes sawing results more effective and straighter. For either have you cut miters? I can’t tell from your photo. Gonna follow-up with a shooting board?

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#11 posted 12-12-2014 04:53 AM

Russell, yeah mitres cut. Been looking at shooting board styles, gotta figure out what I like.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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