Square/Round Dog Holes (how about both!)

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Forum topic by Ben posted 11-24-2016 02:21 AM 685 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2016 02:21 AM

So, agonizing over this decision.
Seems 90% or folks these days are going with round for ease of installation, compatibility with holdfasts, veritas fixtures, etc…

Then all the old school guys say square, and every bench in the Landis Workbench book has square dogs.

For me, I like the thought of making all my own square dogs with wooden springs, to fill all the holes, push up when I need them. Seems more elegant, more robust, more traditional.

My top will be 5” thick and all the commercial round dogs are shorter. I don’t like the idea of using dowel. But I do have a lathe.

What about this:

Square dogs lined up with tail vise, and maybe 3-4 strategically placed round holes for holdfasts?
I do definitely want to use holdfasts. Would that be goofy?


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#1 posted 11-24-2016 03:39 AM

Sounds fine to me. It’s your bench. Your the one going to be working it right. You going to build to suit you or everyone else? I’ll be starting my bench soon and I’m planning on square dog holes.

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#2 posted 11-24-2016 03:55 AM

Funny to read that someone else is thinking of mixing square and round holes. Both options have their merits and rather than opting for one over the other I believe that I’ve decided to use both on my work-in-progress bench: square holes in the tail vice and then along front portion of the top, but round in the face vice and in the middle and back portions.of the top. Too many advantages accompany each option to exclude the shape. Yes, the product will resemble Frankenstein’s monster but benches are built to be used and so utility should trump aesthetics.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#3 posted 11-24-2016 03:36 PM

Square dogs lined up with tail vise, and maybe 3-4 strategically placed round holes for holdfasts?
I do definitely want to use holdfasts. Would that be goofy?

- Ben

Ben, this is how my bench is. I have a few more round holes, about ten or so. I am actually thinking of filling a couple that I never use. But what is there has met every need I had so far. I like the round holes for the versatility they provide as I use them for holdfasts and planing stops and the square ones for tail vise use. The square dogs provide excellent gripping power and they also provide better height choices over the round ones. So not so goofy!

Good Luck!

-- Mike

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#4 posted 11-26-2016 09:31 PM

I milled the dog hole boards today.

Made an ultra simple jig with a 2 degree angle cut on it and a fence, that I clamped to layout marks and let the router base ride the edge of the jig. No guide bushings. Scrap clamped to back edge prevented any blow out.

I made a second setup and second pass to create the little enlarged “blip” for the head of the dog.

Gluing up the cap as I type this.

Thanks guys.

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