Bench dogs

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Project by kennethw posted 03-12-2010 09:26 PM 12186 views 35 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks, how about some bench dogs? This little appliance came to me one day and now it’s my bench dog factory. I use it to cut grooves in dowels with a plow plane, and to provide support for cutting the holding face of the dog with a shoulder plane. Easy!

There’s a post on my blog with more information if you’re interested in the process.

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 09:30 PM

Dam… I just bought some of these (metal) from Lee Valley.

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 09:51 PM

Great idea. I think I will have to make some of those. I ruined one router bit already with the metal ones that came with my bench.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 11:22 PM

Nice – I was gonna put bullet catches in mine to hold them in place, but I like yours much better..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 11:28 PM

good stuff!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#5 posted 03-13-2010 12:15 AM

very clever

good excuse for a small shoulder plane

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#6 posted 03-13-2010 06:12 AM

Thanks guys! Yeah I’m not a big fan of running my planes across metal. I’d rather ruin on of these guys than chip a blade.

Snafu, I think bullet catches would be cool too. You could use a similar appliance to hold the dowel down to drill the holes for the catches. :)

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#7 posted 03-15-2010 02:35 PM

Looks nice!

A couple of days ago, I whipped up a couple of bench dogs, and was just about to post a couple of pics, and when I opened up LJs, this project was on the home page!

Mine have two holes drilled in them with a channel carved between the two, and a bent bicycle spoke between them to generate the tension.

-- Ryno

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#8 posted 08-29-2013 01:38 AM

Great idea! I need some wood dogs…don’t like the metal ones as I tend to chew up dogs with my planes. I’ve already nicked up my plastic ones, so wooden ones are on my list! Thanks for sharing the jig, simple yet obviously very effective

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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