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Posted on Securing Maple Worktop for Woodwork Bench Top

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#1 posted 08-30-2009 09:24 PM

Thank you Dave. I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts on dogs. So far i’ve been thinking of using say 1 in dowelling with square or circular ply tops screwed and glued down on to them. There’s a UK supplier (Axminster Tools) that does flip up recessed aluminium dogs too, although i’m wary of them – i don’t want to end up whacking my blades on metal, they can’t rotate to align with a non square workpiece, they may mark the work, and they would be much less flexible in use clamping odd shaped work than DIY dogs headed as required by the job. (i think)

I’ve never used, but never either quite figured out the advantage of using the traditional square type bench dog, especially in the brass that some suppliers use.

The thinking is (provisionally) to set out two or possibly three rows of dog holes down the length of the bench top, spaced to match two or three similar dog holes in an almost full width HD hardwood facing on the moving jaw of a pattern makers vice. The pitching would match the spacing of two dog holes in a similar facing on the jaw of a cast iron woodworkers vice on the LH end of the side.

PLan B on the maple top (been thinking since i posted ;-)) might be to cut the maple worktop into say 3in approx wide planks, place the two rows of dog holes so that they fall close to the edge of a plank. Then screw down the planks at one edge while jointing the other to the adjacent screwed edge using Domino loose tenons glued in one side only. If i leave a gap of say 1/16 in between the planks this would leave scope for movement – as in the case of a secret nailed wood floor.

It’d also mean i could glue/laminate a layer of worktop down the vertical front edge of the existing vice to act as a surface for the vice to clamp against….


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