1000 year old tool (Bench hook)

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Project by madts posted 332 days ago 1825 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I have started using more hand tools as I get older, I looked for and found my first jig. The Bench Hook.
This is the simplest and most useful jig in the shop. No moving parts, costs but scraps. You can use it, you can abuse it for any thing you want. Japanese pull saws are its only bane. Notice my NICE ASH. I will do a writeup on that later.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 332 days ago

Greatest jig in the shop! I started making shooting boards as well (which work fantastic) and found it’s easy enough to flip the shooting board over and use the under side as a bench hook. Dual purpose tool.

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#2 posted 332 days ago

Nice jig. I like your bench top. Mine is a door also.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 332 days ago

MT. What made you think it was a door?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 332 days ago

My first bench was a door and two saw-horses as well. ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 332 days ago

madts, if you make a longer bench hook and hook it to the opposite side of the bench, you can use it with a pull saw.

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#6 posted 332 days ago

Nice to see some one perform a simple task without a life long pursuit of to do it with electricity.

the bench matters little

what comes off the bench

matters more

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#7 posted 332 days ago

I made a reverse bench hook for pull saws. The ‘hook’ is miter gauge width material that slips in my tablesaw’s miter gauge slot and the fence is on the edge closest to me.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#8 posted 331 days ago

I use my bench hook for both type saws. When I use the japanese saw, I hook the jig in my tool tray and use the front fence. This only works for benches with tool trays. it’s about the only thing I like about a tool tray!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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