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Bench Hook Storage Solution

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Project by ChunkyC posted 08-29-2010 04:48 PM 2492 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure how I got by before I discovered the usefulness of a Bench Hook. The problem has been, how to store the odd thing.

I decided that a French Cleat system was the perfect solution but the “pointy” end of the cleat made the hook ride up on the bench, thus rendering it useless. As you can see in picture 2, I nipped the edge of the cleat and problem solved. Now I can hang it on the wall to get it out of the way and it stays hooked to the edge of the bench.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135





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merle

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 05:32 PM

thanks for the tip.

-- merle

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 05:33 PM

Cool idea, the french cleat storage looks great. My favorite’s has a bunch of your great projects.
Loving my bench hook too; it makes planing so much more pleasurable.
My only problem is I slam the toe of my plane into the front hook when planing thin pieces say for box sides.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 05:51 PM

twokidsnosleep:

Here’s a possible solution to planing thin stock on the bench hook. Say that you’re trying to plane 1/2” thick stock and you stop is 3/4”. Cut a strip of wood a couple of inches wide that’s thinner than your stock and lay it between the stop and the workpiece. This is what I do. I also do this just to get the piece closer to the end of the hook where I can get more over-the-top of the piece.

Now in three words: “Add a spacer.”

Hope this helps

BTW: My stop is 1/2” Baltic Birch Ply which is actually less than 1/2”, more like 12mm which helps most of the time.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 05:59 PM

Smart idea, will give it a try. Thanks

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 06:57 PM

how do you find the woodriver smoother? i have one but can’t seem to dial it in for fine shavings you know

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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ChunkyC

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#6 posted 08-29-2010 07:20 PM

dub – It’s brand new, I haven’t even honed the blade yet sorry to say. I took it out of the box, wipe some wax on it and that’s as far as I’ve gotten with her, other than taking a few swipes on scrap.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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#7 posted 08-29-2010 07:45 PM

i have the #6 and it works great

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#8 posted 08-29-2010 08:31 PM

thankĀ“s for the tip :-)

Dennis

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#9 posted 08-29-2010 11:24 PM

Thanks for the tip. I am planning to make one of these sized for use wiht my No. 7 and I was also thinking I would make one sized more appropriatly for use with a block plane. Good storage solution.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#10 posted 08-31-2010 07:26 AM

cool tip, keep em’ coming…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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