The Venerable Bench Hook

by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust

I’ve been spending the past few days working on plans for a bench hook. A bench hook is a simple, shop-made tool that aids in making accurate cross-cuts by hand. It consists of a flat board with a simple hook and fence. The hook catches on the side of your workbench and the fence holds the work piece. It’s a dead simple device. However, it has afforded me the ability to work on some of my lagging hand-tool skills as well as learn some new software. I’ve been hearing some good things about SketchUp, so I thought I would give it a try. I think I’ll be using it a lot more in the future.

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