Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Dickinson, Tx. / Somerville, TX
Belt Sanding on a Bench Hook
If you get the time, look up some Greek, Roman and Egyption art as well as early Eupopean art and when you see pictures of artisans, you will see a bench hook.
The Bench Hook can be used in both push and pull operations, depending on which side of the work table/bench you 'hook' it on.
I didn't have a belt sander to demonstrate, but if you look at the circular motion of the belt I sketched in on the last photo, you will notice that the direction of rotation will move your work from left to right. The photo shows the Bench Hook a little further away from the front edge of my table (your body position) than it would nomally be used in. Obviously most cant stretch that far. I am right handed.
As for the statement " Good body physics in belt sanding is to have the sander in front of and in-line with the body and the belt action wants to drive the material towards you." I have no idea what you are explaining here. Maybe we are both on the same page and just explaining it differently.
A Bench Hook" is merely a quick way of holding your work when you dont want to or cant use a vise or bench dogs. It's not the kind of jig that I use every day. But it is the best jig I have for belt sanding small pieces (when I get to buying a belt sander) or for chiseling.
When I make Bench Dogs for my work bench, I will use them also.
Retired woodworker, amongst other things, Sold full time cruising boat and now full time cruising in RV. Currently in Somerville, Tx