Bench Hook for Japanese Saw

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Project by WayneC posted 10-15-2007 07:07 AM 11486 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is based on an article in the March 2005 edition of Woodworking Magazine. It is designed so that it can be used on either side of the hook. Just flip it over.

I was also playing with miller dowels. I’ve had some sitting around for a while and this was a good opportunity to play with them.

The hook is made of poplar and it is 6” x 8”.

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

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 07:11 AM

Nice bench!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 07:18 AM

Thanks. It is a commercial bench. One of these days I will build my own.

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

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 08:27 AM

Bingo! Nice job,

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#4 posted 10-15-2007 02:18 PM

Nice job Wayne.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 10-15-2007 02:45 PM

Shoot Wayne, I thought I was finished!
Nice job!
I am wondering if I should run a recess in mine to allow for the saw to break through without touching the hook? ( less wear and tear on the unsharpenable blade)
What do you think Wayne?


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

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#6 posted 10-15-2007 02:51 PM

Great Idea, Wayne.” Concave or convex it would fit either sex, My gosh, what a wonderful thing!”

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-15-2007 03:37 PM

Ah, this refined guys from the city that need all the luxuries available to them… tsch tsch! ;o)

Jokes apart, nice job Wayne. Now, I work with the ”dozuki” in the traditional way the ”daikusan” do: sitting on the tatami or on a low stool and holding the workpiece within my feet most of the time…

OK, it could be very romantic and fancy seen from across the pond but I don’t like at all to work in such a way. Alas, I don’t have a dedicated workshop space so you got to do what you got to do.

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#8 posted 10-15-2007 03:42 PM

Those dowels add some nice refinement to a utility piece. Nice job! Anyone that works with smaller pieces should make one of these. They make life, oh so much, easier.

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

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#9 posted 10-15-2007 05:22 PM

this is great!!!

-- wood is good

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#10 posted 10-15-2007 09:26 PM

Thanks a lot for posting this great too, Wayne!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 10-19-2007 11:13 PM

Looks good, Wayne!

-- Jim, Sacramento, Calif.

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#12 posted 10-26-2007 05:47 AM

Pretty smart project! But no wonder-I see the IAMS bag, and practical as a COSTCO shopper it looks like.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 05-04-2008 03:47 PM

Great, thanks for posting this. I’ve got a ryoba that I use all the time, but I haven’t gotten around to building a bench hook for it yet. (Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been using my shooting board rotated 180 degrees as a bench hook!)

-- Eric at

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 03:19 PM

Whats that thing in the back that looks like a home made chisel with no handle? If it is a home made chisel how did you make it?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 06-23-2011 03:59 PM

Mauricio, it is an antique marking knife. I have a couple of them in different sizes. I believe that I found them on the UK eBay site 3-4 years ago…

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

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