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    Making a Wooden Bench dog

    I am currently in the midle of installing my Veritas twin screw vise on my bench and made some square bench dogs for the front vise jaw. Making them is pretty straight forward, they are wood so they won't harm blades and the price is nice. Here is the process I used for making them.

    1. Choose your blanks from some hard wood. Here I am using hard maple.

    2. Cut your blanks to size. Here I am cutting the front vise face to size at the same time. Cutting them at the same time I get no tear-out on the bench dog holes.

    3. Make a cross cut about 1/4 inch into the blank. Here I have made a small error as I made the cut a little too close to the top. No problem, I can fix this up later by glueing in a small piece.

    4/5. Cut out the spring on the band saw.

    6. Cut a 3-5 degree taper on the bottom of the blank where you will glue the spring back on.

    7. Here are the two parts ready to be glued together. (I sanded off the band saw marks on the spring.)

    8. The glue up.

    9. The finished wooden bench dog.

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    Nice tutorial Al, I made mine without the springs. Right now I have a tight fit that allows them to move without dropping. Once they loosen I may have to look at remaking them.

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    I have made some before, but I always screwed the spring on. I like the glue set up better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Porter View Post
    I have made some before, but I always screwed the spring on. I like the glue set up better.
    The glue should be no problem just don't make the spring too thick and rigid. 4-5mm is just about right for a balance between good springiness and ridigity.

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