Bench dogs, round or square?

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Forum topic by Artfuldodger posted 05-22-2011 01:46 AM 5806 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 01:46 AM

The bench dog concept is new to me. I just put my wood vise on my work bench. Should i have one or two rows of holes in line with my vise? What are the pros/con of square/round dogs? I can drill a round hole easier.
These look interesting:

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 01:55 AM

I did use the search function earlier. I guess I didn’t look hard enough though.

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 02:19 AM

I use round ones. The holes are compatible with Workmate stuff,
Festool stuff, Veritas stuff, and so on.

The square dogs are easier to make of wood without a lathe. Back
in the old days you could whip up a snug-fitting dog without too
much trouble. The round ones are more versatile in many ways.

I stick a holdfast in my round dog holes too.

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#3 posted 05-22-2011 02:41 AM

While I don’t have bench dog holes in my bench. I would be inclined to go with the round over the square. One, as Loren stated you can use for a holdfast and two, if you have a circular object to hold with the bench dogs it would less inclined to damage the work piece as opposed to the square dogs. Of course this is my school of thought on which to use.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 02:56 AM

I use round.
The conveinience of round easily outweighs any performance benefits that square may/may not offer.

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#5 posted 05-22-2011 02:56 AM

I have the rockler bench dogs and have been using them for over a year now with no complaints. I, like you, can drill a hole easier than mortise one, which led me to these. I have 2 rows on my bench and it comes in handy; definitely recommended.

Good Luck.

-- Marc

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#6 posted 05-22-2011 07:55 PM

I just got a 3/4 and a 1” hardwood dowel and cut a flat face on the top, and they work Great! The 1” dowel I ran over my dado blade to reduce it to 3/4” and created a head that was 1” thick so as to stop the dog from falling through my bench. If they break, I make another one, takes 20 secs.

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#7 posted 05-23-2011 11:11 PM

You can put a square top on a round dowel and have the best of both worlds

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#8 posted 05-23-2011 11:14 PM

I use round ones but I prefer the aesthetic of square ones. If I had a blacksmith in my pocket, I’d switch over to square.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 05-24-2011 07:08 PM

On my first bench I had round but I recently built a new bench and went with square. After using both I am much happier with the square dog slots. I personally find it easier to make my own square dogs then when I made my own round ones. I also cut the slots angled slightly towards the vise which is supposed to increase clamping pressure.

However I don’t think one way is better then the other. Which ever you do will both work pretty much the same way.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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