Fig. 439 represents a handy article for holding a piece of wood on the bench while using the tenon-saw. It consists of a strip of hard wood about 9 in. long, 4 in. wide, and 1 in. thick, cut with blocks at the ends as shown. In use, one end hangs over the edge of the bench, and against the other end the work in hand is thrust.

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The sawing rest or "bench boy" used by cabinet-makers differs from that employed by carpenters (p. 261) in being shorter and broader, say 10 in. by 6 in. of 7/8-in. pine, the fillets being of mahogany, 1 1/8 in. sq., let into grooves, glued, and screwd.