Lockable Bench Dogs

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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 12-31-2009 04:50 AM 11055 views 76 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Always looking for a better way to lock a bench dog so you can plain thin stock and not have the hand plane knock the dog into the bench. The latest pair of ‘lockable’ square dogs are a nice way to use up small pieces of exotic wood. The bigger kingwood one fits my bench and the smaller rosewood one is for a 3/4” square hole. Work great. A light turn of the slot screw and it locks in place. This is the same method used to lock circuit cards in card slots of electronic enclosures that get shaken in use. You have to hold it when you release the screw or it fall through the dog hole. Can’t do much about gravity but a rubber o-ring to create an interference fit would help. The two dogs with wedges and springs are an older version.

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 05:18 AM

Nicest looking bench doggies I’ve seen. Where did you get the hardware?

-- SteveL

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Chris Cunanan

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 06:05 AM

wow, can’t Wait to see what bench you build to match these masterpieces! =]

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 07:58 AM

Very cool design!! you could market these.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 03:07 PM

That is really clever. Thanks

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 03:07 PM

like them and I like that you made the hardware by your self
but canĀ“t the hardware destroy the edge of a sharp plane


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#7 posted 12-31-2009 05:58 PM

Hi Dennis, you’re right. Don’t ask me how I know this.
I will lower the screw and collar below the surface to prevent nicking the blade edge. I make the simple brass hardware with a small metal lathe. Some fastener retailers sell metric barrel nuts (IKEA for one).

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 12:19 AM

Nice idea and beautifully crafted

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#9 posted 01-02-2010 06:59 AM

Bright idea!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 01-08-2010 02:19 AM

So beautiful, thank you.

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

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 05:25 PM

Those are positively the best looking dogs I’ve ever seen, and what a great design and utility.

-- --bch

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#12 posted 06-11-2014 07:25 AM

Is the hole for the screw oversized at all or is it a pretty snug fit?


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