Simple bench hook

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Project by Sandra posted 07-30-2013 10:21 AM 1612 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple bench hook. The base is a leftover piece of birch, 8’ x 18’. the top edge piece is a strip of walnut held with dowels. The bottom edge is hard maple left over from my workbench top, assembled with countersunk screws on the underside. (photo 2)

While I didn’t need instructions for this (which is a first), it’s explained in Popular Woodworking’s Hand Tool Essentials, which I highly recommend.

For storage, it fits between my bench top and the drawer boxes and is close at hand for use planing small pieces or can be used as a shooting board.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 10:24 AM

You will find as you go, less studying required for all projects. You’re doing great young lady. Keep it up.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 10:57 AM

A pretty bench accessory. I’m getting ideas for some of the waste from my own bench build.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 11:49 AM

A good addition to your jig/helper arsenal. Well done 74

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 11:51 AM

A very useful hand toolers addition to the shop and nicely done. The Bench is BEAUTIFUL!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 01:56 PM

Good use of off fall Sandra!

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 02:06 PM

Well done.

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

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 03:39 PM

Jigs & fixtures, or as King Rex says; “Helpers”, are a sure fire way to increase both the efficiency and enjoyment in the work shop! Great lob. I like the use of the dowels to save the plane irons!!!

74, it is much bigger than it initially looked!!! ;^) (inside joke!)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 03:47 PM

Thanks for the comments gents. This week is self-proclaimed Jig Week in my shop.

Randy, keep telling yourself that….;)

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 05:09 PM

Nice progress. Was going to ask if you screwed it together or doweled it. I’m on a house repair detour. LOL

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 07:17 PM

I’m kinda surprised Randy didn’t say something about you hooking benches now and how that is usually frowned upon by the RCMP.

Anyway, he didn’t, and I won’t stoop so low, so nice job. I too like the use of dowl to protect the plane irons.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 07:20 PM

Randy was busy making comments about me enlarging the pictures…...

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#12 posted 07-30-2013 10:52 PM

You can even make something as simple as a bench hook look nice!

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