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How to secure a bench hook in a vice

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Woodworker's hand and forwards cutting action of saw keeps bench hook secure Traditionally, a bench hook has no means of support other than forward hand pressure, and the forward cutting action of saws, planes and chisels, which hold the hook against the edge of the workbench.
Workbench woodworking vice However, for some jobs – particularly when chiselling or planing with both hands holding the cutting tool – additional support can be provided by a woodworking vice.

A woodworking vice is a device with two parallel jaws. One jaw is fixed, while the other can be opened or closed (moved away from or towards) the other jaw by means of a handle attached to a screw.

Woodworking vice Woodworking vices are attached to workbenches, the non-moveable jaw often being the side of the workbench.
Opening a workbench vice

Step 1 – Open vice

Open the vice by turning its handle anti-clockwise, or use the vice’s quick-release lever if it has one.

Hook of bench hook placed in vice

Step 2 – Insert hook

Place the hook of the bench hook between the jaws of the vice.

Bench hook held in vice

Step 3 – Close vice

Tighten the vice by turning the handle clockwise.

Bench hook held in vice

Step 4 – Check

Check that the bench hook is now held securely by the vice and is flat on the top of the workbench.

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