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Project by WayneC posted 10-12-2007 02:27 AM 16948 views 30 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a short break from cleaning the shop today to cross a project off of my project list. I made a bench hook. The bench hook can be used for sawing boards with a back saw and also as a shooting board for small parts. This hook is based on an article on Popular Woodworking web site. They have plans and a video on how to use the bench hook on their web site. Links are below:

Plans
http://www.popularwoodworking.com/projectplans_display/?planid=14850

Video
http://fw_woodworking.permissiontv.com/index.html?showid=402943

This was a very quick project. The part that took the longest was finding a pencil.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov





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#1 posted 10-12-2007 02:40 AM

Beat me to it. I made one almost identical to saw dowells the other day. My son-in-law had never seen one. I think my pencil is under mine.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-12-2007 02:57 AM

I thought lots of people had never seen one, which is why I took the time to post it. The video is worth watching. Some good tips on how to use it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 10-12-2007 03:51 AM

Thanks Wayne.
I keep forgetting about this tool.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 10-12-2007 04:15 AM

LOL…I just finished that melamine shooting board we were talking about. That hook looks like it’s working as planned!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-12-2007 04:16 AM

You should have seen the look on Bob’s(son-in-law) face when he cut a dowell on it. It’s just great and safe when you need to cut small parts. We need this “old technology in our shops. It comes in handy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 10-12-2007 04:21 AM

Your welcome Bob. It is pretty useful.

Mot, are you going to post your shooting board. I do not belive anyone has posted one yet

Tom, did you watch the video. I would have never thoought of using a clamp as a stop to make repeated cuts. It is amazing the things that have been “Forgotten”

I’m going to make a planning stop in the next couple of days. I think I will also make the little fixture that Chris was using in the video to support longer stock.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 10-12-2007 04:23 AM

I’ll go take a pic of it now. It’s nothing fancy.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 10-12-2007 04:26 AM

Thanks. I belive it will be informative.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 10-12-2007 04:44 AM

I just watched the video. The clamp trick is a good one. You can set the stop real easy with a try square. set the blade to the length and hook it on the end of the bench hook. Clamp the stop at the end of the blade. “Swartz” is a good name for Chris, it fits.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 10-12-2007 04:51 AM

I like his DVDs as well. Some nice hand tool topics.

Also think I will add a bench hook for japanese saws to my project list. Keep me out of trouble.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 10-12-2007 04:59 AM

How much time did you say you had off? I’m waiting on that smooth plane. I think Chris is a great guy. Never met him except through his work but he seems like the real deal.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 10-12-2007 05:42 AM

Thats an interesting item Wayne, but you can put me on the list of persons never seeing one…dang all these hand tool specific jigs and plane related stuff….I feel like a beginner woodworker..excuse me while I go to Home Depot, I think they are holding a class on birdhouse building I need to attend!

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#13 posted 10-12-2007 05:44 AM

Hey. I love building bird houses…..

: ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 10-12-2007 06:13 AM

I started to build this yesterday! Got my copy of Pop WWing a few days ago and thought I’d find it handy. I’m honestly shocked that you haven’t built this before now. Knowing how much you are into the unplugged world of tools I thought this would be essential. Ironically, I thought Mot would’ve had a shooting board as well. I suppose there are other methods though! I’m interested to see if the hook will be decent for shooting as the article suggests.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#15 posted 10-12-2007 06:22 AM

Hey Jeff, I’ve had a couple of shooting boards. I usually knock them off a bench or drop something on them, or they just wear out. I used to make them out of waxed MDF, it was my first stab at the laminate version.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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