The bench taking form in my shop has no tail vise (I'm way too cheap to blow $200 on a chain-driven dual handle veritas vise). What it will have is 3/4 holes every 8". This is because I was planning on using some of them old-fangled blacksmith special hold-downs. But for clamping, I was thinking dogs made out of 3/4 dowels and a couple wonderdogs:
but they're $30 bucks a pop, and I'd need at least two. Maybe four. dang!
So I'm thinking to myself: I've got a tap and die set, what the heck? How hard could it be?
What would I really need? A 3/4" bar, either metal or wood, to slip into the dog hole. A rod I could thread, to go through the bar (heck, a hex bolt would be fine... I could get it close by hand, and tighten it with a socket wrench). a way to stick a piece of wood onto the end, so that it turns freely, but can take some pressure. Et viola, life is good, right?
It seems so simple, someone must have tried it. What am I missing? There must be some reason why no-one does this...