LumberJocks

work bench questions

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Betsy posted 09-17-2009 03:00 AM 1189 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Betsy's profile

Betsy

3338 posts in 3362 days


09-17-2009 03:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: work bench dogs vise

I have a workbench that I use for my assembly and some hand tool work. This bench is in my bedroom shop in the house. Now I’m considering buying a good bench for the garage shop.

So naturally I’m looking for workbench types, etc. I’m really not interested in making my own bench because of the weight and time involved. It’s worth it to my to buy a ready made bench (knowing that I may still need to flatten the top – maybe).

I went to Highland Woodworking and I found this bench. (Not necessarily the one I’ll buy – but for show sake only.)

http://www.highlandwoodworking.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=2330

What I want to know is several things – what is with the funky looking vise set up? What’s the purpose of it being an L-shaped mechanism?

I understand using the end vise to move the bench dogs in and out to hold the differing lengths of wood. But still don’t understand the L-shape.

Next – and this is the most important question to me. It has to do with bench dogs. I know that the rectangular bench dogs are designed to pull down on the board so that the board is held firmly on the top without any give, but are the round dogs capable of doing the same grabbing? The round dogs in my current bench don’t seem to do any more than just hold – no pulling down. Not sure if this makes sense or not.

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


3 replies so far

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115206 posts in 3044 days


#1 posted 09-17-2009 03:16 AM

I’m not sure what you mean by “L” shape unless your talking about then end vice that allows for room to say put a drawer in the vise that has been assembled and still work on it. Round bench dogs are not real bench dogs in my mind they are just stops. Bench dogs because of there wedged shape can be tapped down to tighten your hold on your work. If it is with in you skill level you can have a better bench if you build it yourself and for less money.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Betsy's profile

Betsy

3338 posts in 3362 days


#2 posted 09-17-2009 03:23 AM

Now that makes sense.

As for making a bench. It’s for sure in my skill level. But not sure it’s in my “desire to make it” mindset.

So to be sure – you would positively get a bench with rectangular dogs.

Thanks for the insight.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115206 posts in 3044 days


#3 posted 09-17-2009 03:28 AM

I think the rectangular bench dogs make more sense because of there design. But even they vary to some degree.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com