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Forum topic by camin posted 05-19-2010 08:32 PM 920 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2010 08:32 PM

Should I go with round or square holes in my workbench top? ....Why?

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 08:39 PM

Decide the kind of bench dogs you want then go with them.

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#2 posted 05-19-2010 08:43 PM

My vote is for round. Much more versatile. There are all kinds of dogs, holdfasts, and other clamp-like-thingies that will make use of them.

-- To do is to be

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 09:35 PM

Here’s another vote for round. Round dogs give you options you may not have with square like the ability to clamp odd-shaped pieces securely between dogs.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 09:45 PM


square dogs can only hold workpieces one way… round can rotate 360…

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#5 posted 05-19-2010 09:55 PM

I was leaning toward round…seems like I could use a plunge router and place them when top is pretty much complete. just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing something significant about “square”
Thanks for input.

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 10:17 PM

Round. More stuff works with that arrangement…

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#7 posted 05-19-2010 10:47 PM

Round – Doing a quality job of making square holes is a lot of work.

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