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Pros call these “hooker hooks” or just “hookers” for short; they’re little Tetris-piece-looking hooks that hold a section of countertop in place while you’re cutting it out.  Without ’em, the piece would fall through and jack up your cut.  With ’em, you’re golden.

To hold the cut-out section with in place with hookers, just make a cut with a jig (or scroll saw) then slide a Hooker hook through the gap of the cut sideways. Turn the top tab 90 degrees — like a car ignition key — to lock the hook in place. As you make more cuts, slide in a few more hookers (one per side) to support the piece.

Now that you know what they are, you’d probably like to order some — maybe online.  If you’re at work, we don’t recommend typing in “hookers” into Google.  Guess what?  You won’t get what you’re looking for.  Instead, try the (safer) links below.

Hooker Hooks [Fascap]
Street Pricing [Google Product Search]
Via Amazon [What’s This?]


2 Responses to Buying Hookers Online Isn’t Easy

  1. James says:

    Alternatively, you could cut a smaller hole in the middle, so you’d have a way to hold the piece while making the final cut.

  2. Rick says:

    That’s usually what I do James… I’ll cut a small, half inch hole in the center, roughly.. then I take a piece of 2×3 or something similar that is long enough to straddle the larger opening. I have a small piece of metal (a straightened out allen wrench works) looped though a piece of string tied around the piece of wood. I slide the allen wrench into the small hole, and then reach under the counter, twisting the allen wrench to take up some of the slack in the string. I usually start at least one side of the cut before I do that, and then finish the cut.. There should be enough length to the 2×3 to be able to shift the position of it so you can put it diagnonally across from corner to corner to cut the sides, and then shift it from the top corner to the bottom corner, etc. to finish cutting the corners..

    Not sure if that all made sense or not.

    Or you can just get a hooker.

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