Round vs. Rectangular Bench Dogs

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Forum topic by edz posted 02-18-2010 05:55 AM 4573 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2010 05:55 AM

I need some advice regarding the type of bench dogs I should use on my workbench that I am designing. I’m looking at the Lie-Nielson round bench dogs as well as a coulple of other manufacturer’s traditional rectangular dogs. I welcome your opinion as to which one, round or rectangular you prefer and of course why. Thanks.

-- Ed, Raleigh, NC

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#1 posted 02-21-2010 06:42 AM

I’ve been thinking about making a workbench for a while now. I think I’ll use the round ones (unless I find out something new on your blog). I like the idea of drilling the holes after the top is glued up.

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#2 posted 02-27-2010 05:33 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I decided to go with the round dogs. I picked up the round Lie-Nielson brass bench dogs. The diameter of the shaft is 3/4” and the dog head is 1”. The workmanship is flawless. Now I have to pick up a 3/4” and 1” brad tip drill bit for the holes to drill through the 4 1/4” hard maple dog block.

-- Ed, Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 02-27-2010 08:48 PM

If you have to drill holes for your round bench pegs use a plunge router. I made a jig to hold the router base in place that consisted of a piece of plywood with a hole cut in it the diameter of the router base with a piece of wood attaches under it to hold the router in the position needed to “drill” the holes. Then I clamped the jig to the bench where ever I needed to make the hols and HAVE A TIGHT GRIP ON THE ROUTER as it will try to “bounce” out of the jig. If you have question PM me and I will send you pictures if you will give me your “real email address”.

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#4 posted 02-27-2010 09:05 PM

John Gary,
I think its not possible to drill 4-1/4” deep hole using router, unless there is a very long router bit available in the market. If it is not possible to bring the table slab to the DP, laminate 2pcs 3/4” plywood scrap and drill the intended size on the drill Press and use it as a dril guide/template to make the bench dog holes.

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#5 posted 02-27-2010 11:53 PM

I’d go round, easier to make the holes and just use a wood auger to make the deep holes. Maybe start them with a router so they look better or clean up with a router.

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#6 posted 02-28-2010 12:14 AM

Round are easier, but they can possibly twist while tightening your piece down. I’ve used both and prefer square.

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#7 posted 02-28-2010 03:01 AM

i would go with both if i’m building the bench from scratch square in the front rail, and tail vise. round in the regular bench vise and in that part of the bench right in front of the bench vise.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 02-28-2010 03:04 AM

I have never understood what those things are used for on a Workbench.
Holes for…??

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