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Okay, I have a VERY small shop. I don't have any bench dogs, or hold-downs, and very few clamps as of yet. I do everything by hand. Well, I got tired of my quick-grips not reaching where I needed them to be. So, 3/4 inch hole later, and viola! Instant Bench Dog!

I know, I know. Go get the real thing. Well, time is tight and money is short!

Jerry

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Very good thinking Jerry, but if I am permitted an advise here, you can make bench dogs with few wooden dowels and hold down clamps also from wood. Google it and you will find lots of plans and ideas.
Very nice idea anyway.
 

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If it works and I do not see what would stop it, go for it. I had never thought of this solution and I like it
 

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great idea, i have a couple of this type of clamp where the end broke off, now i have a new use for them. thanks for posting !!!!!
 

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Very cleaver!
 

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To hell with the "real thing".....this is a genius idea!!!!! I think my bench wil have a few 3/4 inch holes in it tonite!!! Nice thinkin'
 

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necessity is the mother of invention
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Necessity is a mother….

I like this because it would work on a thin (3/4) bench top. I drilled 3/4 holes in my bench top and use dowel pegs but the top is an inch and a half thick. If it was thinner it might not take the side strain of a peg style dog. It's easy to knock the roll pin from the end of those quick clamps so you can pull it apart. Replace with a small screw and nut if you want.

I also made an auxiliary board just for planing. It uses cams to lock the work piece in place. The board itself is only 5/8 baltic ply and I drilled a bunch of holes for short pegs. I added a short steel pin on the bottom of each peg for additional support. So far it works well with my planing project which is to learn how to use a Stanley 45.
 

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it works, that's what counts. nice job.
 

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Nice …making the clamp be a multi-tasker !!
 

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i got tired of my quick grips not reaching where i needed them to be …...... but i didn't think of that!
must have had a brain cramp. thanks for the help.
 

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Dude, I have 3/4 in holes all over my table. They work really well, and I no longer have to worry about getting more clamps, or longer clamps. I mean, I WILL, but not at the moment. (Read that, Tool Hog! LOL)
 
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