I can't believe these are 8 bucks

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Review by lumberjoe posted 415 days ago 2277 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
I can't believe these are 8 bucks No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

I didn’t feel like making my own bench dogs, I also didn’t feel like paying tons of money for them. In one of my many recent trips to woodcraft, I saw these and decided to try them out

The Good They work. They fit snugly in the 3/4” holes I drilled and laid flat on the bench top. They are nylon, but appear to be very strong. I clamped down on my vise way more than I needed to a few times to see if they would crack or give. They didn’t. The flat faces are just the right size to hold effectively when planing. There are also small points on the top of each one that are used similarly to painters pyramids and allow tiny contact points when finishing.

The Awesome The rubber “bench brakes” that are included. They turn your bench dogs into “bench cookies” which is nice for freehand routing and sanding. They are removable if you need the extra space for planing thinner stock. My favorite feature is you can stick them directly in a 3/4” dog hole without using the dog. This is great for using something like a router plane where you don’t want to raise the work piece too much.

The bad Well, they aren’t brass and fancy looking, and you can’t brag about how much they cost.

Overall I can’t believe I even considered anything else. Kreg put a lot of functionality into a little package that costs less than most fast food value meals for a set of 4. If you need some bench dogs or are looking to upgrade the set you have, check these out.


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#1 posted 415 days ago

The bad Well, they aren’t brass and fancy looking, and you can’t brag about how much they cost.

Haha! Well forget about them, then. :-) I might have to pick some up next time I’m at Woodcraft.

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#2 posted 415 days ago

Second this review. These dogs are like every other Kreg product I have ever used… highest quality. Plus, they don’t mar (marr?) the workpiece like the brass knurled ones can.

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#3 posted 415 days ago

Thanks for the review Joe. For $8 I would be foolish to keep buying 3/4” dowels.

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#4 posted 415 days ago

Nice review , Joe : )

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#5 posted 415 days ago

Got to agree with this review. I also own a set too. I was eager to get those from Veritas but wanted 4. At 22$ per pair, that was a whopping 44$. A little too much at my taste. One of my friend is a Kreg dealer and showed me those little buddies when he got them last year. At 8$, I decided to give these a try and was confident that I would not loose much if they didn’t perform as expected. They proved me wrong! Talk about a well invested 8$ instead…

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#6 posted 415 days ago

Thanks for the review!
I’m grabbing a set just because they’re blue. :-p

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#7 posted 415 days ago

They look really nice. Do they have a spring to keep them in place for oversized holes?

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#8 posted 415 days ago

Nice share! Now to build a serviceable workbench…

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#9 posted 415 days ago

Ive seen these before but never really thought much about them…good to know

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#10 posted 415 days ago

Nice review! These look handy!

Don’t forget, for the cost of two hanger bolts, two wing nuts, and a piece of scrap, you can add pop-up stops to your bench…

Not mine, found on the web….

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#11 posted 415 days ago

Thanks for sharing Joe. Good review and I plan on picking up a set next time I’m in there.

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#12 posted 415 days ago

I have the same set and think they’re great.

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#13 posted 415 days ago

Currently $11.95 and free shipping via Amazon (Set of 4)

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#14 posted 415 days ago

The seller in the $11.95 listing is hartville tool.

Amazon has them for $7.99 shipped if you’re a prime member.

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#15 posted 415 days ago

I have a set and love them! I like that they are plastic because it won’t mess up your plane iron if you hit one by mistake. Great review!

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