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bench hook

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noun Carpentry.
  1. a device with a hooklike part fitting over the front edge of a workbench as a means of preventing an object from slipping toward the rear of the bench.

Origin of bench hook

First recorded in 1815–25
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bench hook

Historical Examples

  • In sawing, the wood may be held either in the vise or on the bench-hook.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • Lay the model flat on the bench-hook and saw off the corners of the square.

  • These should be laid out similar to those on the bench-hook, by means of the mitred try-square or the bevel.

    The Boy Craftsman

    A. Neely Hall

  • The bench-hook is the best device for holding a great deal of small work for sawing and for planing sides, corners, and ends.

  • If the cleat is a little wider than the height of the block on the bench-hook, the bench-hook serves well to hold it.