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;
Lee Valley makes these
Lie Nielsen's are here
I also found these dogs, made from wood, with a catch on the side.....
.... 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.
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.
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.........