Bench dog clamps, shaker workbench

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Forum topic by jsteve posted 08-16-2016 06:03 AM 679 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2016 06:03 AM

I recently completed a shaker style workbench. the top is three inches thick. i have drilled 3/4 inch dog holes but the clamps don’t seem to grab when i try to clamp something down. Has someone else encountered this situation with a thicker benchtop?

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#1 posted 08-16-2016 02:42 PM

Do you mean holdfasts? If so which kind do you have?
I use the Grammercy Tools holdfasts and they work fine but when new they slipped a little until I scratched them up a little with coarse sandpaper. My bench top is thicker than yours so that shouldn’t be the problem. You could also try drilling out (test this elsewhere first) the holes just a little bigger.

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#2 posted 08-17-2016 03:07 AM

Thanks, shipwright. I will try your suggestions. Sounds very promising. I have some holdfasts I bought from Rockler. It is good to hear it is not the thickness of the bench that is causing the trouble.

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