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April 09, 2009

Bench Hook Jig

If you own a back saw or a Japanese saw and you want a fast and accurate way of cutting stock to length without leaving your bench, then you need to build this jig.

It's deceptively simply in it's design, but don't let that fool you.

This jig can do much more than make square cuts. Watch the video to find out even more useful ways to put this jig to work.

And after watching the video, leave your comments on other ways you've found to use the bench hook jig.

Craig Stevens

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Comments (10)

Jay Highland:


Nice to have you back, have missed your quality publications.


Woodworkers Resource:

Thank you Jay, it's good to be back!


Steve Sandoval:


It's great to have you back - We certainly missed you in my shop and I look forward to seeing more from you.

Congratulations on the new site!


Woodworkers Resource:

Thank you Steve, it's good to be back! I apologize for being away for so long, I just had some things to take care of. I've missed interacting with everyone and being in the shop!

Take care,


Ron Conrad:

Great little jig ! Meets all of the requirements of the K.I.S. method of getting things done.... Once again life has cheated me, I am LEFT Handed, Darn thing won't work for me. Ron

Woodworkers Resource:


I should have said something for the lefties out there. I'm actually left-handed in shooting guns and basketball (yes, I know, weird).

All you have to do is leave the gap from the edge of the fence to the end of the jig on the left side instead of the right.

There's still hope for you lefties!


Really helpful video. I wish I would have seen this when I was teaching a woodworking elective this last year for Middle Schoolers. I will use it myself. I bet it would work with assemblies using pocket screws.

It was good to get an email from you again Craig. Your video was great as always. Being a lefty, I took note of your comment above. Thanks. One other thing struck me. As I also like to use the Japanese style pull saws, I guess I would have to build the push saw type hook in addition to the Japanese style if i want to shoot/plane a board. Or would it be acceptable to to pull the plane toward me when using the pull saw style bench hook?

Woodworkers Resource:


You could use the Japanese style bench hook jig as a shooting board by pulling the plane towards you. The problem with that is you're pushing the "hook" part of the jig away from the bench.

This jig is so simple to make I think it would be easier to just make another in the western saw style.

You can also use this western style bench hook as a support for longer pieces that hang off too far from the Japanese style jig you're using.

Thanks for the compliment on the video, yours and others support is why I do this and get so much pleasure from it.

Take care,


Rik Minnich:

Glad to have you back. Great video on bench hook. I'm running a little behind this time of the year. I'm getting ready to open the shop and start finishing what I started last fall. I can't wait... Be watching for your next one.

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