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Jointmaker Pro Bench Hook

Not having a space for a dedicated stand for my Jointmaker Pro (note: link is to newer version of JMP) I needed a better solution for quicker setup and usage of the tool. I have been using it on a desk and that just wasn’t cutting it (pun intended… sadly) You see the tool works best, with respect to ergonomics and work visibility, at a slight angle. Additionally the tool really needs to be anchored down as it has a penchant for doing the jitterbug.

Like most tools, I would like to use this tool at the good ‘ole workbench. How do we facilitate the usage of many other tools at the workbench? The first person that answered “bench-hook jigs” goes to the second row of the class. If you just read ahead for the answer and didn’t even venture a guess you go the head of the class as I also don’t like to be asked questions when reading silly blogs like this one.

So here is the fruit of my labor (that phrase makes me feel like I just when through childbirth… probably a similar process except less messy). I didn’t design any of it. I just identified an angle of elevation that I found desirable and built the box around that, employing mostly pocket hole joinery.

Completed Jointmaker Pro (JMP) Bench Hook

Pocket Hole Joinery

I made the hook to slip fit in to the junk (a.k.a. tool) tray and over the front of the bench. I guess in that regard it’s really not a hook but more of a two-time hooker.

To anchor the saw to the bench hook I installed T-Track and made some rather beefy hold-downs out of poplar. I wasn’t looking for elegance here… it’s a jig, right…

Poplar Hold Downs

Here’s a short video overview of the jig, plus the saw in action. Be kind… the camera adds ten lbs… apparently directly to the belly.

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  1. Ed
    May 12th, 2010 at 00:37 | #1

    Yo, if you are going to be doing some video blogging…aren’t you supposed to start the video with that annoying: “Hey guys, I just wanted to show you….” or “Hey everybody out there on YouTube …”

    Just my helpful tip. GET IT RIGHT!

  2. May 12th, 2010 at 01:03 | #2

    @Ed
    Wow Ed… Don’t tase me bro! I’ll get it right next time. You know I have a surplus of “annoying” so it shouldn’t be a problem tapping that (that’s what I said).

  3. Khk
    May 12th, 2010 at 06:56 | #3

    Jointmaker … nice.

    He he…

  4. May 12th, 2010 at 10:19 | #4

    @Khk
    I know, right… I remember doing a google search at work to learn more about the “jointmaker”… Not a brilliant search term at the workplace. I closed the tab immediately, next my browser, and then walked away from my computer like it never happened.

  5. February 3rd, 2012 at 22:41 | #5

    Fantastic job. What’s the angle?

  1. May 16th, 2010 at 00:06 | #1