New Bench Hook(My Swiss Army of Hooks)!

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Project by Robsshop posted 03-30-2014 03:21 PM 4344 views 50 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up this upgraded version of my previous bench hook and thought I would share its usefulness with anyone interested. I learned of this simple but very handy bench aide 10+ years ago and I through one together in 5 mins time and it has practically lived on my bench top since and can easily say that it was used and abused on a regular basis ! So I thought it was long over due to put some thought and effort into this new and improved version. I decided to put as many features into the design as possible and build it to last. Using stable materials like Baltic Birch,hardboard base,replaceable hardwood runner and a brass referencing plate to ensure accurate results for years to come. I had intentions on building a shooting board at some point as well and then thought why not combine the two. Along with that, I wanted to have accurate 45* miter capabilities as well so I incorporated a reference block that can be used for both sawing and plane shooting, it is locked in place with a reference pin that is stored in the rail when not in use. With a router I inlaid a strip for replaceable self stick sandpaper that helps with friction and or material flattening . Last but not least, a feature I just learned of from a recent post by LJer Joe @jjw5858 where he had a notch in the back rail of his hook and simply allows you to lock in work pieces of different thickness (3/8-1”+) on edge to do various ops almost one handed! (Thanks Joe!)

Well I finished it up with a light coating of BLO and and have had the pleasure of giving it a trial run on the various ops and can honesty say that I am very pleased ! It will most likely keep its place on the bench top and hopefully see the next 10+ years of dedicated service ! Thanks for stopping in and any comments/questions welcomed…...ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 04:38 PM

Thanks for sharing your great ideas on a fine

bench hook.

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 04:58 PM

Cool, thanks for posting

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 05:03 PM

Hmmm, I haven’t used a bench hook since high school – I’m not sure whether my mental block is against it or the teacher. I shall have to try one, and your version looks like a good place to start.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 07:46 PM

Thanks fellows,much appreciated and it really is a great aide in achieving good results in hand tool work !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 08:06 PM

Brilliant, do you mind if I shamelessly copy you?

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 09:06 PM

Great update for this very useful jig, thanks for sharing the upgrade

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 03-30-2014 09:44 PM

Very cool.

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#8 posted 03-30-2014 11:03 PM

Great timing Rob. I needed one of these the other day and slapped one together (also in about 5 minutes. Now that I used one I will make another. I don’t know how I got along with out all these years. I really like your design.

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#9 posted 03-31-2014 12:55 AM

Thanks all for the feedback !

@Jerry Well it is only fitting considering I will be taking a page out of your book of marking knives, so copy away by all means !

@daves1. I had that exact Eureaka moment 10+ years ago and now don’t know how it took me this long to upgrade !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#10 posted 03-31-2014 01:05 AM

Favorited! I don’t have one yet. One of those things that I always say I’ll do quick, but procrastinate. I will get a hook soon. Thanks!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#11 posted 03-31-2014 01:25 AM

I like it. I STILL haven’t made one, but I will, and when I do it will be almost a total ripoff of yours. Thanks.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#12 posted 03-31-2014 02:23 AM

Go for it fellows, you will not regret it. Guaranteed

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#13 posted 03-31-2014 09:48 AM

I’m a woodworking neophyte, but I’ve learned that the bench hook is the unglamorous, unsung hero of the woodshop. I look forward to making a copy of yours! Thanks

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#14 posted 03-31-2014 11:32 AM

I have to say thanks for sharing your work….
& adding to my shop “to-do” list!!!
With people like you, my list just keeps getting longer & longer & longer!!!

Great execution of a mighty shop helper!!!

-- 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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#15 posted 04-01-2014 01:21 AM

Yes copy away Andy and yes Randy my list is as long as yours I am sure ! So many little shop pleasures and so little time!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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