The bench hook is likely one of the most basic tools in the woodworker’s arsenal.
Essentially it’s a brace against which you hold stock while sawing or planing. A second brace on the bottom of the jig keeps the bench hook from moving while you saw or plane away. That’s it. Nothing could be as simple or as easy to build and use.
Making the Jig
There are four parts to this jig: a base, a sub-base, and two braces – one on the top (the stop) and one on the bottom (the hook).
Using the Jig
There are no ‘tricks’ to using this jig, other than to let the saw (or shooting plane) do the work for you. With one hand you’ll securely hold the work piece against the stop, while with the other hand you’ll saw or plane. Smooth even strokes are best. If you saw too forcefully you’ll likely hit the saw teeth against the base as the cut is completed.