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