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Brett

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09-29-2016 04:18 PM

I have a fairly typical Roubo workbench with a row of dog holes near the front edge:

When I create wood chips or small shavings on the bench top, many of them fall through the dog holes onto the lower shelf.

Is there any way, short of plugging up the holes, to reduce or eliminate this problem? Thanks.

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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 04:20 PM

No.

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#2 posted 09-29-2016 04:38 PM

A friend of mine once complained to me than his teenage son wouldn’t tuck in his shirt when he went to school. It really bothered him to see the young man going around with his shirt un-tucked.

I will offer you the same advise I gave him. If that is your biggest problem, then you have it made.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 09-29-2016 04:42 PM

Otherwise get this bench sweep and about 50 corks!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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TheFridge

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#4 posted 09-29-2016 05:25 PM

Pop up dogs maybe.

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#5 posted 09-29-2016 05:46 PM

Pop up dogs work awesome, if you fill all of your holes with them. I have two in my bench and want to throw them across the room half the time because any hole without a pop up fills with shavings and then you can’t use the pop up in it.

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#6 posted 09-29-2016 05:51 PM

I installed a piece of 1/4” plywood a couple of inches below my benchtop to catch sawdust and shavings. Turned out to be a bigger pain that cleaning the floor (I’d end up dumping 25% of the shavings taking the dang shelf out).

I don’t use it anymore.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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Tim

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#7 posted 09-29-2016 06:18 PM

As above, and it’s definitely better that they fall through than not being through holes and plug them up so you have to clean them every time you want to put a dog in.

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#8 posted 09-29-2016 06:26 PM

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#9 posted 09-29-2016 07:33 PM

Bondo’s short and to-the-point answer is correct.

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#10 posted 09-29-2016 10:35 PM

I have to disagree with my friends Fred and Bondo. There is a very simple way to keep saw dust and chips from falling thru your dog holes. Avoid making sawdust and wood chips!

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#11 posted 09-29-2016 10:42 PM

You can try mounting the bench on the ceiling…

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#12 posted 09-29-2016 10:59 PM

Make a dog for each hole, push them down to bench level, when you don’t need them, up when you do.

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#13 posted 09-30-2016 02:10 AM

I suspect you’ve considered a deflector of some sort that would mount to the underside of the bench, provide clearance for dogs and holdfasts, but still deflect chips that fall through the holes forward enough that they (mostly) clear the lower shelf. Mock something up with cardboard and tape to get the dimensions right.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 09-30-2016 05:50 AM

Yes. Stop woodworking and take up golf.

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#15 posted 09-30-2016 06:07 AM

Wow….I’m glad I’m not paying for the bandwidth on this site. I smell a troll…..

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