Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! #12: Vice is installed and now were going to drill the Vice/Table Holes for the Dogs

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Blog entry by RichClark posted 11-21-2009 11:43 PM 1510 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Tale of the Tail Vice... Part 12 of Finished the Research and Making a WorkBench! series Part 13: Leg Vice - setup and installed »

Back again!

The Front Vice is installed and the table is looking more and more like one… OH and I am using the vice already to help hold stuff!

Today I drilled all the holes for the bench appliances (dogs, stays, hold downs etc…) I plan on only using 3/4” fixtures so decided that

a) They had to be square to the top

b) Had to be spaced so that they would all work together.

To that end I first measured out the distance my Vice would open to and then came up with spacing to accommodate the entire bench top so that it would hold anything I wanted to screw down on it.

The Vice opens to 12” (more actually) but 12” is fine as Id hate for the thing to unscrew and land on my foot!

Next thing we need to do is make out the hole positions.
I first marked the center of the Vice outside jaw in each side and then walked that mark down both sides of the bench. The spacing I used was 12”, 12”, 16” 16” 16”....... till I ran out of bench then I measured 4” from the Far end and marked that off…

Next we have to make the holes. Trying to meet “b” above I decided to use my plunge router and make a JIG that would allow me to start all the holes as square as I can… then I finished them up with the Brace and a 3/4” bit.

The jig fits the profile of the router base and its marked as to where the hole center is. I cut it out of a scrap and used my bandsaw to get it right.

Now I simply positioned the Jig and clamped it place and slowly bored out all the holes…
(this got them to about 1 1/2 deep).

I then took my brace and drilled out the holes all the way through the top… I used a scrap clamped across the underside of the table to reduce blow out.

And there you have it!

Next is the leg vice.. I have it made and need to work on the leg to fit it…
Back next week…


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#1 posted 12-21-2009 03:53 AM

Interesting blog, thanks,

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 04:20 AM

What bit did you use for your dog holes in your router. I’ve checked some spiral up cut 3/4” bits but damn they’re expensive for a one time use. What was your choice. And more on the jig would be helpful too.

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 03:51 AM

I used a 3/4 Mortice bit.. *yea not right application of it… I just went really SLOW…. I am not gonna say that is “how to do it.. But I think I found a better way.. (after I did it)... you start the holes with enough room to run a bead flush cut bit from the bottom and let it track on the top cut.

Far as the “Jig.. Its like this.. take your router bottom plate and trace around it about 5/8 of the plate size.. Meanining something that when you clamp it “holds” your router a bit. Then you clamp up a test piece and just start it it.. Sight to the center or measure it out of the hole made and mark that center on your Jig.. that is the arrow on mine…

You then align the (arrow on mine) and the hole is cake… Then I used my brace to drill it out.. Hopes this helps..

Ill tell ya this too. best thing to do is to just “do” you need to make a 3/4 hole.. make it.. IF its crocked You adapt the device in it or make a new one.. dont be afraid to move on.


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#4 posted 03-08-2010 05:51 PM

Well I finally just did it. I used a shooting board style jig that had a fence underneath to register off the edge of my bench. I just had to line up one axis this way as opposed to two axis. I drilled a 3/4” hole in the board and used a cordless hand drill with a 3/4” auger bit. It’s amazing how many 3/4” bits are actually larger than 3/4”s. You really have to measure each bit as some must be designed to dill a larger hole than is listed on the package. I finally found a decent one and used a square on both axis’ to sight down. I finally have some damn dog holes instead of clamping down the boards that I handplane. What a difference! Thanks for the advise to just do it…Nike.

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 12:59 AM


Nick I swear There are times its cheaper to just try and go by another board and chock it up to “well that was not it” I Have stared at stuff till I go crazy, A long day in the shop and I lay in bed tired but my head is racing with Ideas to try that I didn’t…

Glad you took the jump!

Fun Part is now when ya need to make a “special hole” like add another on the fly youll just grap the stuff and do it.. in 5 minutes. no big deal.. Once you break thru your ahead of the game casue that old issue is a done deal.


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