Frugal Dog

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Project by prez posted 2012 days ago 3929 views 17 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got this idea from a magazine and thought I’d pass it on as it works great and the price is right!! Get a large bolt (or whatever size you want), cut the treads off, do a little grinding to make all smooth and bevelled, drill appropriate hole in priceless counter top (little humour here)... and voila! couple of old frugal dogs!

I’m wondering if the webmaster might consider setting up a “jigs & things” page so that we could put all this stuff on a separate page instead of on the “project” page. A page where we can upload pictures as easily as on the project page….I haven’t been able to master the “other way” of inserting images… just a thought

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#1 posted 2012 days ago

Two excellent ideas … the ‘dogs’ and a category for ‘Jigs & Things’.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 2012 days ago

they look good….really like the “jigs&things” idea

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 2012 days ago

That’s a great idea for cheap bench dogs. Any significance to grinding the threads off other than making it easier to insert and take out the dogs? Just curious.

I like the idea about a “jigs and things” forum too.


-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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#4 posted 2012 days ago

I like the idea of a “jigs and things”.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#5 posted 2012 days ago

Zac….grinding the threads off…....makes them look more “professional” and not so frugal! Besides, it said so in the magazine….lol

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#6 posted 2011 days ago

lol – sounds good! :)

-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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#7 posted 2011 days ago

Oh heck yeah… I’m all about frugal. I’d rather make’em than buy’em! I like the Jigs and things idea.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 2011 days ago

Pays to be frugal in this economy. And if it said it in the magazine, well then it must be right… hehehehe. :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 2011 days ago

Great idea! I will be borrowing this one. Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#10 posted 2011 days ago

great idea,on the cheap factor is the only way I can roll.I dont have a grinder ,but can make do.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#11 posted 2011 days ago

just out of curiousity, how did you get the threads off so smoothly?

nice work.

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#12 posted 2011 days ago

cut the threads off (using hacksaw) at the shoulder on the bolt…a little grinding and voila….ye-old-dog

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#13 posted 2011 days ago

A jigs & things page would be most helpful.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#14 posted 2011 days ago

2 great ideas prez.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#15 posted 2011 days ago

Great use of materials. I use Clevis Pins from a farm supply they are used to pull trailers on farms and also yard tractors.

I picked up some that are 3/4” in diam. The head is 1” so it doesn’t fall into the hole. It also has a ridge in the head so by using screws a little off center you can attach wooden forms to the top. Such as if you were trying to hold a curved piece. Put the cut off over the pin and it would hold.

This is a jig I built to put evenly spaced holes down the front of the bench. A board is on the front to keep them all the same spacing from the front.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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