A bench hook is used to hold timber whilst it is cut to length. This example, from Crown Hand Tools, of Sheffield, UK of Sheffield, UK is manufactured from kiln-dried beech for stability. In use the bench hook is 'hooked' so that one bolster sits against the front of the bench with the base of the device flat on the bench surface. The timber is held against the rear bolster and the device is designed for use with a saw used in the right hand (usually, this will be a tenon saw, or similar). The saw is aligned against the right-hand end of the rear bolster, as a guide. When the saw breaks through bottom of the timber, the timber is supported by the bottom board of the bench hook, minimising the break-away of the timber and allowing a clean cut to be made, with minimal splintering. The bench hook is not normally clamped in place but is held by hand pressure alone: however, it can be clamped in a bench vice if being used on a joiners bench.
Hand made tools for woodturning, woodworking, saws, woodcarving, and the building trade.
As a family owned company, Crown Hand Tools and their loyal staff have been proudly manufacturing traditional woodworking hand tools for over fifty years.
Handmade to the finest quality, Crown has found the perfect equilibrium between tradition and innovation, making our tools beautiful as well as functional.
Their Master Craftsmen hand forge, temper and grind our tools as our ancestors did, whilst also using modern processes and materials, such as Cryogenics and Powder Metallurgy.
This combination of old and new techniques ensures Crown are giving customers what they consider to be the best quality hand tools available.