|Project by jjw5858||posted 03-04-2014 11:09 PM||1735 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
Hello friends, something very simple and yet so effective…..the age old and always useful bench hook!
What would we do without one? Wether your style is handwork or power tools, at some point this simple and effective jig will be used more than you know when working at your bench.
Now of course I went a little overboard in the care for my bench hook as I sanded this 150, 220, to 400. Then 2 coats of Wanlut Danish Oil, 2 coats of Hopes Tung Oil, and finally a coat of good ole BLO.
But this hook was not intended for me to throw together in a fast huff and be on my way to something else. This hook was intended as a lesson of quality. My previous works have included good efforts and much learning, but now I wanted to have a better grasp of the gluing, sanding and finishing as well as the use of the hand tools in building it.
I took more time on this than should be legal. But the time was not the goal, the understanding of the 2 words were. Those two words that have been my theme are pride and care. This work being my enjoyed pastime can only give me my best rewards when I make sure that pride and care are the top factors and mantras of my creating anything.
The shop was cold and challenging as our polar vortex continued to make temperatures sure to chill anyones outdoor ambitions. I had my little heater aiding my hands to keep a useful feel as I used all of the essential old time goodies from the Stanley #4 to my Grandfathers Disston back saw. The lumber was humble cheap pine and a piece of old 2×4. My only intentions were to shave and relieve the tanned and dirty outskirts with my blade and unveil a bright renewed fresh timber. Each pass of the #4 was a step closer. I began to get a nice warmth going with each rhythmic sweep of the blade. What a wonderful hiss having thin ribbons of pine fall about my hands and tumble to the ground. Each piece began to shape as true as I would try with my square.
Nothing on my bench was in much order, although the tangled mess of past shavings and various tools somehow felt like they were supporting my task more than getting in my way of it’s creation. Once everything was planed I set my measures for the sawing, then 3 doses of grits for some good hand sanding.
The pieces were almost as smooth as silk once worked over, I was encouraged by my efforts and set my clamps up and rehearsed my glue up routine.
Once everything was set and dry I added screws underneath for extra strength. The final work would be some days of Danish and Tung oils.
I enjoyed the time put in on this, and yes I can attest that there was more pride and care put in on this “lil’ bench hook that could then probably were needed, but some good lessons were learned. Things I can improve upon in my future work.
Thank you all for taking a look and reading. I always feel honored to hear from all of you and look forward to being inspired by all of your great work.
Take care gang, have fun at your bench, and be well!
-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB