- 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
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Examples from the Web for bench hook
In sawing, the wood may be held either in the vise or on the bench-hook.Handwork in Wood</p>
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.