New Style Bench Dogs

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Project by madts posted 04-24-2020 10:06 PM 807 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a solid core door as my workbench top, and trying to use reg. dogs is a pain. See pic 4. I first have to make a sleeve of oak, 1 1-4” in dia. and then drill a 3/4” hole in it, then glue it in place. Pain in the ass.
I have some sailmaking awls that I use. See pic 3. I took them to the bandsaw and did some modifications to them. See pic 2. As of now I have a plastic tab, that sticks out of the top 7/16” of an inch. I will modify the next one to 1/4”
Now all I have to do is drill a 4mm. hole anywhere on my bench and I will have a Bench Dog.
The awls I have used for years in both sailmaking for 30 years and in woodworking, and never broken one nor bent one.
These guys can be used on the worksite or anywhere you you need a dog.

The awls I use are made by C.S. Osborne & Co. and should be available at sailmakers and leather shops.

I hope this gives you guys some ideas for use and improvement of the idea.

By the way I am sure the 4mm. holes will be filled with sawdust but can be easily reamed out with a small drill.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#1 posted 04-24-2020 11:29 PM

A sailorly remedy for a lubberly problem I’d say!
Well done :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 04-24-2020 11:34 PM

That’s a truly unique idea.

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#3 posted 04-25-2020 04:56 AM

Love it

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#4 posted 04-25-2020 02:20 PM

Clever. A nice way to add dogs to any bench without needing large dog holes.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 05-01-2020 05:07 PM

Always wonderful with alternative thinking.
Simple and useful idea.
Hope you are fine and smile from time to time.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 07-19-2020 01:50 PM

I love this idea! Im going to use it for a horizontal support peg to use with my leg vise. I can drill smaller holes, (since my top is only 2 1/2” thick) and because they are on the front of the bench they won’t get clogged with saw dust. I can just stick a phillips screw driver into the hole when needed to support longer stock.
Thanks Madts!

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