He shares a video featuring Roy Underhill (courtesy of Lie-Nielsen) about how to build a bench hook that puts the “hook” back into this essential shop appliance.
The way it is made, the bench hook actually grabs the wood. Roy shows it being used in conjunction with a face vise in a manner that lets you get around not having an end vise.
In my limited time I haven’t seen this style of bench hook discussed. Mine, and others I’ve seen described, simply create two 90 degree angles, one pushing up against the bench and the other pushing back against your work.
I’m adding this style of bench hook to my to-do list. I’m eager to see it in action for myself.
Reportedly Sawdust and Woodchips will be featuring a series of articles soon on woodworking basics; I’ll be watching for these.