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    Drilling bench dog holes in a workbench

    Thought I would post this here as I thought most of the folks that would use this are using hand tools.
    Pretty simple way to accomplish this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaEKk...re=uploademail

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    I did mine by hand, yes I had to sweat a bit, but with a sharp auger bit, it really was not that hard, and what is wrong with a little sweat, burned a few calories for sure
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    Just a question...why couldn't one use a plunge router & a spiral up cut bit?
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    I have done it several ways. The plunge router is tops in my experience. I really like his built in backer board on the guide. That was always a clumsy issue for me; clamping on a separate backer. I am just now considering more dog holes so this comes at a great time. Many thanks Rich.
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    What is the common spacing for Dog holes 6"?

    I'm thinking with the plunge router mounted to a jig the would center the router every 6" or so on pre-drawn indexing lines then clamped down this would be real easy.
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    "If it ain't round you may be a knuckle dragger""Turners drag their nuckles too, they just do it at a higher RPM"Bart

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    dont see why that wouldnt work Bart. In his video he spaced his dog holes 3-1/2 oc.

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    Well, on a real workbench you would need a VERY long bit to use your router to make the holes
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    I used a brace and bit to drill the dog holes in my bench. The top is almost 4" thick and it was the only tool I had to drill that deep. I then went underneath to relieve the holes so the hold downs could wedge and lock in properly.

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    OK, dog holes aren't something I'm familiar with, so help me a little here. The Workmate table by B&D has 3/4" holes in it, as do my Jobmate work tables from Canadian Tire. The only things I have to put in the holes are some stop blocks about 3/4" high. What else can I get to put in the holes, and where would I shop for them? I am going to make some low-profile stoppers to allow me to plane some thin stock, but what else is around?

    Thanks

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