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02-27-2010 10:17 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mystery bench leg vise bench component hook wedge

I was introduced to them by Steve, who brought his bench to the recent swap meet at Anderson Plywood. It’s a simple device, often on the outside end of a leg vise into which you can wedge the end of a variety of widths of board. The more you plane toward the board end (and this hook), the more it wedges itself into a tight grip against the bench. I think it had a simple name, like a “bird,” but I can’t recall. I’ve found a half dozen images of them by searching for benches, but no one on any of these sites mentions them at all, let alone calls them out by name.

Thanks!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator


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#1 posted 02-27-2010 10:27 AM

bench hook?

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 10:28 AM

quail?

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 10:38 AM

Jei – I looked up bench hook. It’s something different, though I’d not seen one before, so I learned something. Actually, it reminds me of certain professional cutting boards. They hook over the front of the counter top so they don’t slide back, and they have a short wall at the back on top to keep food from sliding off the back of the board. Thanks!

woodworm – I don’t think that was it. I tried to look it up but didn’t get any hits. Have you heard it called that before?

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 10:40 AM

Nope, I just guessing coz it looks like one..! LOL

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 10:45 AM

Haha, nice!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 02-27-2010 11:09 AM

but…but…but…its a hook….on a bench…. pouts looks like it deserves the name of bench hook more than what apparently is actually already got the name of a bench hook. :(

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#7 posted 02-27-2010 11:51 AM

gary ,

bird works for me ,

gary bird ?

fixler fowl ?

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#8 posted 02-27-2010 11:52 AM

It’s called a “crochet” (cro-chay). French word for hook. Christopher Schwarz shows it in his book, “Workbenches”. The book has information on building a bench with the crochet. The design is based on a French work bench found in French book on woodworking from the 18th century.

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#9 posted 02-27-2010 11:58 AM

So…to summarize…the hook on the bench has the same name as the method by which my mom makes scarves out of yarn, while an actual bench hook is a slab of plywood with a few stops on it that does not in fact resemble a hook.

can you say “learning curve?” LOL :D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 12:19 PM

Tom – That’s it! I was actually going to comment again that I thought it might be French for something obvious, but I was still thinking French for something related to birds. Why do I keep thinking of birds!? Also, thanks! Now I remember Steven telling me it was called a crochet, and that it was French for hook, because it’s a hook.

Jei – It makes sense when you think about it. If we made all of our jargon really easy and self-evident, we wouldn’t seem like experts when someone asks us what things are called. We need to have bizarre, old-world names for them. Just look how much cooler Tom looks now that he knew it was called a crochet!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 12:34 PM

Gary, I see a flaw in your logic. Namely your assumption that I think about things. \o/
Jei thinks about nothing.
NOTHING!

:D

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#12 posted 02-27-2010 04:10 PM

I’ve seen those before, my daughter calls it a “thingee”

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#13 posted 02-27-2010 04:39 PM

You can learn more new/Old concepts here on LJ. I believe this concept could be similiar to this colonial jam vice that I got out of a book “Colonial Woodworking and Home Building”

Jam Vise1 Jam Vise2

I am actually using it in reverse to scrape a block of wood, the original would have been nailed down to something at a work site or a bench and then used to plane the wood. I have used it a number of times and it works quite well.

CtL

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#14 posted 02-27-2010 04:42 PM

Andrew, I thought “thingee” is the name of puppet played in school back somewhere in year 1897 or so?

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