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Forum topic by Jeremymcon posted 06-27-2019 02:18 AM 444 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeremymcon

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06-27-2019 02:18 AM

Hey folks! I built a bench a few months ago that incorporated a wagon vise. I really wanted to do a traditional tail vise though, since I think they opening in the front of the bench would really come in handy, but couldn’t justify the extra time it was going to take.

I do remember a while back seeing someone using some sort of angled bracket in their dog holes that allowed for work to be held on the front of the bench with the wagon vise.

Has anybody seen or done anything like that? Any ideas or tips? Here’s a picture of my bench so you know what my setup looks like:


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#1 posted 06-27-2019 06:45 PM

Yep, Sure do. They’re called “Edge Dogs”. The simplest versions of these are a blocks of wood with a wooden pin sized to fit your dog holes on one end, and a notch, lined with cork or felt on the other for holding the work. There should be a right hand and a left hand edge dog to clamp the work between them. The notches need to face each other.
There are photos of these in Scott Landis’ “The Workbench Book” on pages 108-109. (Sorry, my scanner is on the fritz, so I can’t post them) A Google search of “Edge Dogs” will probably bring up some good examples you can copy.
Great looking bench you’ve made yourself there!

-- OleGrump

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#2 posted 06-27-2019 07:11 PM

I remember seeing these and thinking it was a good idea.

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

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#3 posted 06-27-2019 07:11 PM

Doh! I have that book! I wonder if I got the idea in my head from scanning through it a while back. Why didn’t I check there to begin with?

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#4 posted 06-27-2019 08:10 PM



I remember seeing these and thinking it was a good idea.

- HokieKen

Those are pretty exactly what I was looking for. Just wanted some construction details so I didn’t have to fiddle with them too much. The two dowels through the one block are smart.

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