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Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench #11: 2nd End Cap and Dog Holes

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 08-16-2012 02:38 PM 4940 reads 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: End Caps and Wagon Vise Part 11 of Workbench Build - Splayed leg French Bench series Part 12: The Deadman »

Here is a short update of just my work last night.

Laid out and drilled my row of dog holes 3” apart. Sorry, galoot index is Zero on this one.

I used a ¾” spade bit to make the wholes. Let me just say that I think spade bits are underrated. If you don’t need to make a flat bottom hole or drill overlapping holes I like them better than Forstner bits. The spade bit leaves a pretty clean entry whole and cut pretty fast with a lot less effort IMHO.

Drilled out for the second end Cap.

And here is where I’m at to date.

Some thoughts on the wagon vise. The vise clamps very strong, my only concern is that it does cause the wood to bow up off of the bench top which is not good for planning. Maybe I haven’t figured out how to use it correctly or maybe my wooden dogs don’t have the proper angle cut into their face. I’ll have to experiment with the dogs to see how I can make the board bow downwards keeping it flat on the bench.

I welcome any advice on that.

I plan on getting a pair of pair the Veritas brass bench dogs. We’ll see if that helps at all.

It looks like I’m close to done but the to-do list is still pretty long:
Mill well back
Dovetail well back
Make and fit well board
Angle on rail for deadman
Make deadman
Attach shelf ledgers? Or just screw on?
Mill shelf boards.
Blacken bolts?
Chop hole for planning stop?
Make wooden screw and tap leg
Make vise chop

Weigh parts (just curious about total weight)
Make draw bore pin (just because I want one)
Drill for drawbore
Chamfer All Edges
Smooth all surface
Assemble Base

Final Prep for finish
Finish
Glue leather pads on, leg vise, wagon vise, holdfasts

-Thats all for now folks. Thanks for watching,

Mauricio

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



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#1 posted 08-16-2012 02:45 PM

it looks great Mauricio.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 03:03 PM

I feel like I would be too chicken to use brass dogs… I know myself, and I know I’d probably run a plane into one at some point, which would suck.

Bench looks great though, can’t wait to see the tray on it

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 03:08 PM

Thanks Don.

Mos, i wouldnt think that brass would damage a plane much at all since its pretty soft. they also sell some aluminum ones that are much cheaper and should also be easy on tool steel.

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

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 03:11 PM

i use wooden dowels. Brass or Aluminum may not damage it, but it’ll sure dull it. OK, and maybe I’m a little cheap as well, but the primary reason is the same as Mos.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 03:14 PM

I think I’m just feeling a little fancy lately, I’m thinking they will looks sweet.

Don, how do you keep your boards from bowing upwards? Is it important that the dogs be placed as high as possible? Maybe thats what I’m missing, I need to lengthen the clamping face I cut into my dowel.

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

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 03:19 PM

yeah, it was more the having to sharpen for a while after hitting one that I’d be worried about. I dropped a chisel not too long ago (and I did NOT try to catch it this time) and it hit one of the cross bars on my workmate… that was an awesome hour of reinforcing the whole “make sure you leave it somewhere it won’t fall off…” idea

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 03:22 PM

True, True, I hate when that happens.

My fear of falling tools is why I’m all about the tool wells. My veritas saw fell of the back of my bench last night, banged up one of the horns, I’m so pissed off about that.

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

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 03:24 PM

I’m trying to be really careful with my LN dovetail saw too… I’d hate to bang that thing up. That’s also why I was drawn to this bench design

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 03:27 PM

Looking great! I’ve been using wooden dowels as well—they seem to work fine, but I do like the bling factor of the brass.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 03:29 PM

Yeah you dont want to drop that saw, mine is probably not as special as that one but it still hurts.

Man, I’m going to be able to lay down pretty much any bench plane in this well and it will be out of the way, I’m so stoked about that.

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

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#11 posted 08-16-2012 03:33 PM

you got me on the bling factor. I don’t usually cut a face, only when I’m worried about a possible indentation, and thats not typically an issue unless I’m using really soft wood.

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 03:54 PM

Thanks Brandon. Are yours just friction fit to the hole?

Don, so that holds well enough even when planing accross the grain? Seems like the surface is so small.

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

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 04:05 PM

The dowels fit in the holes tight enough to stay in place, but loose enough that I can move them most of the time without breaking out the channel locks. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#14 posted 08-16-2012 04:08 PM

across grain I need something on the edge, even with a face, unless the piece is wide enough for 2 dogs, or real easy to plane. My dogs are close enough for 2 dogs a lot.

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#15 posted 08-16-2012 04:14 PM

most of the time without breaking out the channel locks is a good statement.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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