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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    New Cheap Bench Dogs ...

    Ok so somewhere , i heard about the idea of using a 3/4 bolt for a bench dog. Well i picked some up to try.

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ID:	48879 They have a nice thick hex head that will easily hold a piece of wood secure on your workbench.

    Give it a try. By comparison to the cost of these or these its a huge saving. Only cost me $4.50

    Still got to get the bench clear to drill the holes.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Yep, that is true Rob they are cheap, but don't slip with that chisel you just spent time sharpening and clip that bench dog, you will have to go back to the grinder and then the sharpening stones to fix it

    I use only brass and wooden dogs, cause I've been known to slip with a chisel or saw.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Syracuse, Nebraska
    FWIW you can get 3/4" dia. polycarbonate rod from McMaster Carr for $6.81 ft. plus shipping. So you can get six 2 inchers for around $1.25 each. Practically indestructible, won't nick your tools. Drill a cross hole in them and put in a dowel or roll pin so they won't slip thru the hole.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Cool i dea Roger thanks for sharing that. Another place i can get the plastic rod is my new plastic store. I am also set on making some wooden ones with a bullet catch in em.

    Stu just to be clear i would not be using these bolt ones with wood that is lower than the height of the hex head but i do get your point.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    You can also cut a square from a hard wood scrap, drill a counterbore hole that holds the hex head, and just leave like that or if you have a hotglue gun pour some hot glue and let it cool down. That will hold both pieces together.

    You'll have the strengh of a bolt and the softness of wood, so no problem about chipping your planes or chisels.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    A simple wood dowel slightly oversized and with a slot cut in the bottom works just fine.
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