10 Bench Dogs for Under $20

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Project by DrDarin posted 07-25-2016 07:03 PM 1015 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rather than purchase bench dogs for $10 each + shipping, I went ahead and found some spring-loaded door latch roller balls on eBay and made my own using 3/4” oak dowel from Home Depot and leather scraps from a bag I purchased at a local craft store.

I used the band saw with stops for all of the depth cuts and a drill press for the roller ball holes. I Gorilla glued the roller balls and just used a little Titebond for the leather patches. It took about an hour to complete all of these, including drying time.

You can read more about them at

-- Darin R. Molnar

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#1 posted 07-25-2016 07:13 PM

Perfect solution and the price is right .
Nothing like shop made tools .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 07-25-2016 07:48 PM

Great work! I will have to make me some of these!

-- Pete

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#3 posted 07-25-2016 08:49 PM

Very nice idea…nice explanation

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