Workbench restore (Scandinavian style) #5: Making bench dogs.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-11-2012 02:52 PM 9106 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scandinavian workbench restore
Making bench dogs.

Time for bench dogs, the show must go on…

First was to cut three pieces of wood into the right size.
The bench dog holes total size and the length I choose to be app double the thickness of the bench top.

On the left you see the only dog that came with the bench… I guess this dog cant bark a lot…
So time to make some marking, now the shape comes and I simply follow the measures of the dog holes in the bench top.

This time I use the band saw since it came into the shop today.
First the shoulder.

Then cut of the extra.

Now time to make a second cut into the dog.

Like this.

I also make a short one.

And cut it…

Now at the end of the dog I make a line where the ruler is laying.

And cut along this line.

So now we have spring loaded bench dogs that will stay in the holes when pulled up.

I drill counter sunk holes.

Add some strong glue.

And put in screws for extra strength.
I will put putty on top or change them with brass screws later I think these scream.

Here we are.

One of them gets a extra hole in the back of the head.

And a screw is added this will help making a secure grip.

And the point can be adjusted from the back.

Now time for some strong two surface glue (or what it is called in English).

Some on the heads of the bench dogs and some on small leather pads.
After pre dry they are put together.

And while I wait the dogs are given oil and some patina wax.

Here are the result, I am quite pleased.

And finally in use, the bench are now ready for years of use.

In next part I will make a leg or a dead man and end up with a little funny history tour dating back to 1414.

Hope it can be to some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 11-11-2012 03:29 PM

you have some nice barkers now mads

ready to spring into action
and stop anything that moves

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-11-2012 03:48 PM

Mads, that is beautiful.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#3 posted 11-11-2012 03:53 PM

What type of leather do you recommend using for vice faces, bench dogs and holdfasts?

type? thickness? finish? I am not familiar with leather working or language at all.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 11-11-2012 04:17 PM

Thanks for the instruction , Mads. I learned something new today!! I can use that Idea on other things too.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-11-2012 04:17 PM

Great job Mads. That bench will be a pleasure to use for generations.


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#6 posted 11-11-2012 05:18 PM



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#7 posted 11-11-2012 09:41 PM

Nice work mads… and no fleas!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 12:03 AM

It’s really coming along now. Not long before the top is covered with those chips and shavings we all love so much. The anticipation is killing me.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 11-12-2012 02:53 AM

Its not a true Mads blog without some recycled/repurposed bits of wood thrown in. ;-)

I like the idea of a screw in the face of the dog. I will try that on my round dogs and see how it works, especially for rough planning perpendicular to the grain.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 11-13-2012 07:25 PM

So glad you have this wonderful bench Mads. As usual your setting up a great workshop and this bench is a classic centerpiece, done your way. Really inspiring work done on this, keep having fun!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#11 posted 11-14-2012 07:46 PM

nice Dogs Mads but geting the colourite of having a dead man walking around
isn´t going to be easy since they don´t like barking hounds… :-)

take care

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#12 posted 11-15-2012 10:14 PM

Very nice mate.

The glue you were referring to is called contact cement in English.

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#13 posted 11-15-2012 11:04 PM

You are a wonderful craftsman.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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