Bench Hook With A Twist

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Project by davetruman posted 04-10-2018 05:07 PM 1549 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A new twist on an old shop aid. I added dovetail slots on my bench hook to hold down the wood while cutting or it can also hold a stop block for repetitive cuts, both by using Micro Jig’s Matchfit clamps. I was on a roll so I dovetailed the fence to the base while I was at it. A little over kill but it’s not going anywhere!

-- Dave

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 05:27 PM

Love the sliding dovetail joining fence to base! Very nice.

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 05:28 PM

Hi Dave.

Great project. I’m thinking of making something like this for myself.

I see the fence is permanently attached to the base. Will you ever need to change the fence? What if the kerf slots get larger over time?



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#3 posted 04-10-2018 05:31 PM

Love the sliding dovetail joining fence to base! Very nice.

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

-- Dave

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 05:34 PM

Hazem, the fence is made out of oak so it should last a while. The project is simple enough and didn’t take that much time to make so if it wears out I can easily make another. I’ll keep you post on how long it lasts. Thanks for the feedback!

-- Dave

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 05:55 PM

The dovetail slots are a nice idea!

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 09:17 PM

Looks like a great idea, you may be on to something. Next thing you know we’ll see your idea selling on the Micro Jig Web Site for $199.00. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 09:58 PM

Excellent improvement idea! Very nice.

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 12:23 AM

Nice. Very nice!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#9 posted 04-11-2018 01:14 AM

Really nice bench hook. I love your design and especially the dovetailed fence. That is a killer idea!

-- AJ

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#10 posted 04-11-2018 01:38 AM

It’s a neat idea, but I’m not sure I’ve come across need to clamp a piece down when sawing on the bench hook. In what scenario would you use this? Just curious.

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#11 posted 04-11-2018 04:57 PM

Nice idea and execution, I’m definitely going to use this. Been meaning to make a shooting board and I think incorporating the dovetail would be a good addition to it

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#12 posted 04-12-2018 09:37 PM

This is nice, I like the design.

This is something that I think I will make for myself mostly to cut small parts that might ordinarily chip out on the miter saw. I think you could even make a second fence that slides in the clamp slots to “sandwich” the stock being cut. I wonder if that would reduce tear out and/or negate the need to clamp the workpiece?

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#13 posted 04-15-2018 09:21 PM

Great post. Now you’ve got me drooling over those clamps.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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