From the Bench: The Basic Bench Hook

Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work.
By Don McConnell
Pages: 98-100

From the April 2004 issue #140
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It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative name for this useful hand-tool appliance is “saw rest.”

For lighter sawing in the shop, the bench hook excels in effectiveness and convenience. The lower extension, or stop, “hooks” against the edge of the bench, and the material being sawn is held against the upper stop, as shown in the photo. Because Western saws cut on the push stroke, the thrust of the saw helps hold the material in place. As a result, the bench hook and the material can be moved around at will, without any need for clamping or fastening.

From the April 2004 issue #140
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