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    Who Let The Dogs Out..............

    ......Bench Dogs, that is.........

    I have a nice large Record woodworking vice on the one corner of my work table/bench. When I have to hold something flat on the bench, say to hand plane it, I will often screw a block to the top of the table, which works, but makes a lot of holes in my table top.....

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    This is how I used to do it, block screwed to the bench top

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    So this is what I started with....

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    I have this nice thick chunk of wood, it is White Oak, and was from an old table that I got from the curbside. Hard, flat dry, should work well.

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    I cut a shoulder on the insert piece

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    I used some plywood scraps to make a template of sorts to make the cut.

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    Here I did a shallow cut just to check the fit....

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    Here I've cut the first cut, the part where the shoulder will fit

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    Here I am setting up to cut the deeper cut, for the insert.

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    There it is, it fits!

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    OK, it is done, I did NOT glue it in place, I just screwed it down, in case I need to replace it at some point.

    Now I need to make some bench dogs

    Cheers!
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    Looks nice and clean and mighty functional Stu. Seems I'm always upgrading my bench one way or another. The latest for me is I finally got round to attaching the new quick release Jorgenson vise I bought about six months back. Of course I had to drill more holes in the benchtop to do it.

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    Thanks Alex.

    Cutting a hole in the top of my worktable makes it look better, but you nice bench, man, that would be hard to do!

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Looks like a Well Used Bench, and a good modification and a good idea. Some of us common folks who have battle scarred work benches can use that approach.

    I especially like that you pictured your planes correctly placed on their sides while laying idle. (This will start a Hurah from the knuckle draggers who insist it don't matter. )

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    Thanks Bill!

    My Grandfather would smack us upside the head if he ever saw us put a plane down NOT on it's side, so I guess I that is where I get if from, I don't really care which way is "Right", I just do it the way I was taught.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    stuart, don't know if you're going to build rectangular bench dogs or round...but if rectangular see this video...

    http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworki....aspx?id=26990

    i followed it for my new workbench dogs and they look like this...
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    HI Clark, thanks for the info, but I'm going to start with square stock and then turn the shaft, leaving the head square.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Great idea Stu. I need to do something like that on my bench as well - now ya got me to thinking - always dangerous.

    Wes

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    Hi Stu.
    Looks good! Now you can use the bucks that you save from screws to fill in the rest of the holes

    You say you need to make some bench dogs...

    I'd say you need only one, don't you So make sure it is THE ULTIMATE BENCH DOG

    Sorry Stu, today I got up with this "tongue in cheek" frame of mind, it's friday and I'm tired of a hectic week, thanks God we still have woodworking to keep us sane.
    Best regards,
    Toni

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