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    Good Dawgs

    As some of you may know, I've built most of my back bench, and I've put a few dog holes in it. I've used the holdfasts in the dog holes, but I need some bench dogs.

    There are a lot of them on the market;
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    Lee Valley makes these

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    Lie Nielsen's are here

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    Ulima ones

    I also found these dogs, made from wood, with a catch on the side.....
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    .... I like the idea of a spring, not a catch, because at a certain point the catch would no longer work, as it would be above the table.
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    Lee Valley also makes the "Wonder Dogs", which are VERY cool, and I'll own some one day, but they are not quite what I want, I just want some bench dogs for now.

    I'd rather have wooden ones, so I decided to make some up myself

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    Using the magnetic featherboard, I cut my pieces at 22mm, my holes are 21mm, this give me just a bit of wiggle room, as you will see.

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    Once cut to 22mm square, I then use the tablesaw to cut a groove down the middle of each piece, just a little over half way through the piece (say 12mm deep).

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    With the groove cut, I then cut the long pieces in half, as it is a LOT safer/easier to do these cuts on these thin pieces with longer stock.

    Over to the lathe.........
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Point #1:


    Point #2: So far you've used a TS, and now you're going over to the lathe... Errr, are you in the wrong sub-forum, Stu? (Neander)
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    On the lathe, I'm using a safety drive center headstock, this works well for this, as the point fits right into the groove, and the cup holds everything well.

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    I just rough out the dog, nothing special, smooth it to the 21mm size, I can take it on and off the lathe and check it in a dog hole.

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    Next I cut a thin piece of wood to fit into the groove.

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    I cut the piece so it just sticks out a bit proud of the groove on one end and slightly inset on the other. I just use my block plane to do this in the vice.

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    I then glue it in place at a very slight angle, so the one end of the thin strip sticks out from the groove about 1/4" Again, you can use the block plane to adjust the fit of the wooden strip into the side of the dog.

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    If you have not guessed by now, the thin wooden strip acts as a spring to keep the dog in position wherever you set it.

    I'm not sure if I'll cut a flat on the top of the dog, like most of the metal ones have, may not need it

    Well, that is what I came up with, I don't know if anyone else has done this, I could not find any pics or such, I have seen this over and over with "Square" dogs, but not round ones. In the last two pics you can see the spring compressed.

    I hope someone finds this of use.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    Point #1:


    Point #2: So far you've used a TS, and now you're going over to the lathe... Errr, are you in the wrong sub-forum, Stu? (Neander)
    I'm using the lathe and the tablesaw to "Make" Neander tools
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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