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#1 posted 04-17-2013 06:52 PM

As Para says, it really is a matter of choice. But for my .02:

- Round is easier to build. Square almost has to be part of the build to get it right, then once built isn’t conducive to adding more if needed / desired.
- Round is easier to retrofit. Drill hole, done.
- There’s more flexibility holding work with round holes. Try clamping a round table, for example,with square dogs. It can be done easily w/ three holes and round dogs.
- More appliance choice with round holes. Holdfasts are available (blacksmith made, and veritas hold downs, and jorgensen holdfasts, etc. etc.) for round holes.

So my vote is round. Others will disagree, but it’s the most bang for the buck IMHO. Good luck!

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