In November 2007 #165, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

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The single most important hand-tool appliance is 3 sticks of wood.
By Christopher Schwarz
Pages: 86-88

From the November 2007 issue #165
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Owning a backsaw without owning a bench hook is like riding a bicycle without handlebars. This simple hand-tool appliance (three sticks of wood) uses the force of the tool and gravity to hold your work as you saw. And it helps guide your tool so your cuts are right on the line.

It also allows you to make cuts with ease that are terrifying (or should be terrifying) on a power saw. A bench hook also can serve as a shooting board for trimming the face grain and end grain of small pieces of work with the help of a handplane. Plus, building one takes minutes, not hours.

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Read about bench hooks in the Jig Journal here.

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From the November 2007 issue #165
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