Carver's Bench Hook

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Project by andrewr79 posted 05-02-2015 11:26 PM 1957 views 7 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been doing some carving lately and was having trouble holding the work steady. A friend at the local carvers group showed me how they had put some dog holes into their bench hook to fix this problem and I decided to take the idea a step further when I found a scrap of pegboard in the back of the workshop. If a few holes are good, surely a lot of holes has to be better right?

The base is made from 3 layers of 1/4 pegboard glued together, the rest is scrap pine leftover from other projects. It’s all just glue and nails and a coat of beeswax to keep it clean. The pegs are just 1/4 Tasmanian Oak dowel cut to length with the ends rounded.

It’s proving to work great in practise, the only issue is that it can still slip sideways a little if you are working into that top left corner so I may end up adding some sandpaper or grip tape to the edge of the front hook to stop that.

More pictures over on my blog if you want to see the build process.

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 08:39 PM

Now that my friend is a fantastic idea. Anything to keep some fingers out of the line of fire. It’s ideas like this that make me wonder, “why didn’t I think of that”. Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 12:56 AM

very clever – I can think of a few other uses for a jig like that – thanks for sharing

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 05:03 PM

That is awesome. I have may bench hooks but none like this.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 07:07 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!

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