|Forum topic by luthierwnc||posted 03-08-2016 05:59 PM||506 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
03-08-2016 05:59 PM
I’m designing a new main bench top that I plan to build with a variety of dogs. The easiest one is two lines of square holes aligned with a full-width tail vise. Those will have dedicated dogs that pop-up from underneath. Almost as easy will be round holes on the other end of the bench to serve a pattern-maker’s vise on one side and a quick-release Record on the other. That part of the bench is cantilevered past the legs with nothing underneath so stuff falling through the holes is no problem.
Finally, there will be some round holes scattered around the top for hold-downs and jigs and a dog if needed. That area of the bench is over about an 8” gap above drawers—both for storing stuff I want to grab fast and clearance for the vise-screws and hold-downs.
If possible, I’d like to plug those holes with something easy to remove so they don’t leak sawdust down on the tools and—especially—so little components don’t disappear. Air conditioner screws and guitar pickup springs invariably find those holes.
If anyone has any great ideas on plugging those holes until they’re needed, I hope you’ll share them. Thanks, Skip