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GANGGREEN

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10-28-2018 11:53 AM

So I’m building a workbench/off-feed table and I’ll be adding a woodworker’s vise on the end opposite of the off-feed station. This will be my first bench with any sort of bench dogs and I’m curious what size holes to drill, where to purchase the dogs and if the holes should be through holes or only drilled a certain depth and stopped (my top is just under 2.5”).


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-28-2018 12:15 PM

I have the ones from Lee Valley, and they are quite good. With these, you drill 3/4” holes, the dogs are sized to fit perfectly. My top is 2 7/8” and I bought the longer version of the dogs. The holes are through drilled, that way I can leave the dogs on place by pushing them down flush with the surface, if I need them I reach under the bench and push them up for access.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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GANGGREEN

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#2 posted 10-28-2018 12:18 PM



I have the ones from Lee Valley, and they are quite good. With these, you drill 3/4” holes, the dogs are sized to fit perfectly. My top is 2 7/8” and I bought the longer version of the dogs. The holes are through drilled, that way I can leave the dogs on place by pushing them down flush with the surface, if I need them I reach under the bench and push them up for access.

- Fred Hargis

Thanks, much appreciated.

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 10-28-2018 01:04 PM

I can’t remember where I got my bench dogs, I know there are several sources. The standard size is 3/4”. Don’t forget to add hold fasts, they are super useful. The holes should go all of the way through the top, otherwise they will plug up with saw sawdust. It is also nice to be able to push the dogs flush with the top when you don’t need them.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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GANGGREEN

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#4 posted 10-28-2018 01:28 PM



I can t remember where I got my bench dogs, I know there are several sources. The standard size is 3/4”. Don t forget to add hold fasts, they are super useful. The holes should go all of the way through the top, otherwise they will plug up with saw sawdust. It is also nice to be able to push the dogs flush with the top when you don t need them.

- bondogaposis

Yep, I had planned to get at least one holdfast as well. Might see if I can get a friend to make me some in his blacksmith shop.

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Ocelot

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#5 posted 10-29-2018 03:15 AM

Toolsforworkingwood.com Gramercy holdfasts are recommendable

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CaptainKlutz

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#6 posted 10-29-2018 07:05 AM

There are several LJ existing threads on bench dog types, and how to make.
Google , or your favorite search tool will also provide a ton of information on bench dogs.

3/4 inch is most common US size, Festool/EU common size is 20mm; but you can made them what ever size you want. I prefer to make my 3/4 bench dogs from tight grained maple 3/4 inch square stock and use 3/8 inch radius round over bit to make bottom 90% of shaft round. Provides square edge for clamping against and stops the dog from dropping thru hole. Cost almost nothing to make from scrap.

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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WoodenDreams

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#7 posted 10-29-2018 07:26 AM

I would use 3/4” holes, drill the holes through. Drill them, do not use a plunge router to do the holes. A through hole allows you to use Bench Dogs, and Bench Dog Clamps or hold fasts. You can make your own with wood dowels. Menards, Kreg and Rockler has Bench Dogs for $7.99. Check out “Bing Images Bench Dogs” to see a variety of styles. Irwin has bench dog adapters that allow you to use Irwin clamps in the bench dog holes.

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Bill Berklich

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#8 posted 10-29-2018 12:52 PM



Toolsforworkingwood.com Gramercy holdfasts are recommendable

- Ocelot

Don’t go cheap on these. I bought a cast one from Taiwan and it’s useless. Gramercy’s are really effective.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#9 posted 10-29-2018 01:30 PM

+2 for Grammercy

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 10-29-2018 01:35 PM

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