Basement Workspace / V8 Mini Workbench #12: Heeeere doggie doggie doggie! Bench dogs - they just keep coming

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 11-11-2014 11:59 PM 1723 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This past Saturday the weather was nice enough for me to shuck off on my schoolwork, and I did enough of the yard chores the rest will keep until after winter is over. I meandered into the shop for a few hours to see if I could get the bench dog ‘holes’ routed. Luckily with having to recut M, N, and K I could leave them ‘together’ and get the holes routed much easier.

you can tell in this pic, the piece at the far back is my extra – trying to prevent the tearout from being too bad

Not too shabby for my first pass – though I noticed once Had the first round done, my router was changing depth on me. between the collett loosening, or the base deciding to click down a notch, or both, I’m not quite certain.

But I didn’t figure that out until after I’d cut them apart and had chance to test the holes. It hadn’t occured to me to trim down until half the dog hole was in the plywood. Yes, I’m a tad slow on the upswing. i screwed all the pieces down to the ply underneath, took a few more passes and tested again. It got a bit frustrating since I
had to keep unscrewing things, but that’s the price I pay :D

So take two it is!

M and N dryfit run looked and felt pretty darn good – may have to wax a few of the ‘dogs’ to make life a bit easier until the holes wear a bit.

L and K required a bit more work. I know they aren’t perfect but I’d hesitate to try shaving more off. I’d rather have them be a bit more of a tight fit than a loose fit, ya know?

So that’s where I’m at. I’m ready to proceed on, but I have a paper, two homework assignments, and a midterm in my microeconomics class to do between now and next Tues (test night) I have to get to some of that before I can get to the shop. Not to mention the cool down tonight. I’ll be breaking out my lined carhart bibs again if I can get out there on Saturday. As Mr. P says – thanks for checking in :) I know I’m turtle slow – but hopefully it keeps me from making too many newbie mistakes :) Oh – I also realized how handy a router rest would be. adding that to my shop projects list once I’m done with the bench :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 02:58 AM

Good progress Becky. If the holes are tight, you can run a drill through them after it’s all finished. The holes will,be square to the top. That’s the important thing.
if you will be using holdfasts, a little loose won’t hurt.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 01:16 PM

Hm – good point Mr. P. I’m not quite sure what I’ll be using – since I’ve not had the opportunity before :D

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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