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Project by FritzM posted 2337 days ago 7252 views 74 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Read the article: http://www.whitemountdesign.com/BenchDog.htm and make a handful for yourself.

10 pack of 1/4” ball catches – $9.99
3/4” x 36” Walnut dowel – $5.99
Total = Way less that store bought.

I was still using the junky plastic dogs that came with my junky bench. These are very usable, simple & satifying to make and cheap!

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)





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mjlauro

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#1 posted 2337 days ago

Cool! how are the catches secured to the dowel?

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#2 posted 2337 days ago

Very practical doggies there Fritz.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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FritzM

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#3 posted 2337 days ago

Friction mjlauro. I slightly underdrilled the hole and pounded them in with a hammer.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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grovemadman

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#4 posted 2337 days ago

Right on, I need a bunch of these! Thanks for posting this and the link… a lot of people could use as many of these laying around as possible.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 2337 days ago

Where did you get your ball catches, Fritz? I’d actually found that article just a week or two ago and was looking for them to make some of my own…

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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FritzM

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#6 posted 2337 days ago

Ethan – I got them at Woodcraft. $9.99 for a bag of 10.

Item (A) – Bullet Catch – 1/4” Diameter

http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?FamilyID=1034

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#7 posted 2337 days ago

Thanks for posting this Fritz! Not 20 minutes ago, I was pondering building something like this. I hadn’t seen the article yet though, but figured it had to be doable ;)

And nice choice on the walnut. No reason your bench dogs shouldn’t look good, right? ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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SPalm

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#8 posted 2337 days ago

Nice. Adds a little flair to the shop.
Good looking slab ‘O walnut there also.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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John Gray

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#9 posted 2336 days ago

Very nice I want to make some! Where did you get ball catches 10 for $9.99 I checked around and could not find that good of a price?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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FritzM

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#10 posted 2336 days ago

John – See my previous post. Woodcraft.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#11 posted 2336 days ago

Excellent idea! I need some of those.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#12 posted 2336 days ago

yeah, a winner. I need some too Blake

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Ethan Sincox

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#13 posted 2336 days ago

Ah, blessed me. Another reason to go to Woodcraft! :)

Thanks, Fritz!

Of course… for those of you who like to think BIG, there is a great deal to be had here:

Lee Valley Bullet Catches

They have limited quantities, so who knows how long they’ll last. We’ll probably know who buys them, however, by looking for the guy who starts a forum trying to sell packages of 10 bullet catches without plates in ziplock bags… Or maybe the guy who has 90 shop-made bench dogs for sale.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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gizmodyne

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#14 posted 2336 days ago

Great idea. Thanks for the details. I gotta drill those holes.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Karson

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#15 posted 2336 days ago

Great job. Nice. I bought 40 of these from a web wood store and they sent 40 packages. The price and description was wrong on the web site.

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

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