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Forum topic by Safetyboy posted 05-01-2010 02:41 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2010 02:41 PM

Putting the dog holes in my bench top today – what’s the best distance of the holes from the front edge of the benchtop?

I’ve seen anything from 3 to 7” – what’s your preference? And what should I consider when deciding where to place mine?

-- -- Kevin in Mentor, Ohio

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#1 posted 05-01-2010 03:30 PM

I don’t know if there is any standard, but if you put them 7 inches apart, you may need a lot of turns on your vise to clinch a board in place. I also put several that were not in line with the vise to use a holdfast. I didn’t do them quite randomly, but almost. I put in 3 or so , and just put them where I thought the holdfast would be most useful – some are in the middle ( from front to back) and some near the rear. If you are making holes for a holdfast, it helps to have it in hand so you can see how far away the pad is from the hole.

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#2 posted 05-01-2010 04:35 PM

Mine are 3 3/4 inches on center. They seem to work fine.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 05-01-2010 08:10 PM

From the front edge of your bench, they should line up with the dog in your vise. That way you can put pinch things between the vise dog and the bench dog. The distance between them is up to you, but SnowyRiver seems like a good idea. That is if I’m understanding your question correctly.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 05-01-2010 08:51 PM

Do you have a vice? If so measure the travel of your vice, the dog holes should be spaced less than that.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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