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.
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