New Workbench #3: Square Dog Hole Strip

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Blog entry by Letorix posted 09-14-2011 05:27 AM 3848 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Tail / Wagon Vise Design. Part 3 of New Workbench series Part 4: Rising Dovetails »

I have a dumb question.

In these links, is the wider part of the dog hole on the top or the bottom?

See page 16…this seems to indicate on the top.

This seems to be the bottom.

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 12:08 PM

Since the first article discusses how the dogs will slip down into the bench and be out of the way when not in use, I vote for making the upper portion of the dog-hole larger…..this will allow the dogs to stay put in the bench when you aren’t using them.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 10:53 PM

Well I agree, certainly seems like the logical way. I’d just SURELY hate to be wrong.

Hence my honest, but dumb question.

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 12:03 AM

I believe the Benchcrafted also has the wider part at the top of the dog hole strip. As you can see in the picture, the jig to cut the dog hole is positioned on the top of the strip where the wide part is.

“This will position the dog hole correctly from the top of the dog strip.”

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Clay Ortiz

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 12:03 AM

The wider part goes on the top. Also, they need to face your vise. Pull up a pic of a metal dog and you’ll see why.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 02:44 AM

The Square Bench is the width from top to bottom. We use jig and sled on the table saw to cut the slot. I think they are cut at 88 Degrees. We then put a template jig on them and route out the notch at the top for the face of the dog. Should work.

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 02:50 AM

Thanks, I’ll make a jig tomorrow night. Spent tonight building another section and milling stock for the tail vise.

I was pretty certain that the way it worked, but the thought of the extra space could be used to squeezed the spring on the dog came to mind.

I’m old enough and humble enough to know its better to ask what might seem an utterly stupid question and make sure things are crystal clear before ruining things.

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#7 posted 09-21-2011 04:12 AM

Started work on the dog holes. Dimensions are 1 1/8 on the top, 7/8 on the bottom, .825 wide…that was as deep as I could get my router bit to go with a bushing.

Made quick jig with 2 degree off set and used 1/4” mdf glued on for shape.

I screwed up one board, glad it was on the second dog hole, so I didn’t lose the entire board.

I’m real nervous about trying to flatten this section of the bench when the time comes…

I’m going to added a strip of some other wood to give some contrast like I’ve seen others … particularly the followers of the Benchcrafted designs.

I was thinking red oak…any suggestions?

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