Bench Dog depth and material??

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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 06-03-2011 08:01 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2011 08:01 PM

I just received a pair of short aluminum bench dogs from amazon. They’re about 3” which seems on the short end since many dogs on the market are 6”+. I’ve used them a couple times now, and they work fine. But I’m left wondering – Whats the advantage of a longer bench dog? In my mind, once a dog fills the entire thickness of a workbench, anything longer would offer no additional mechanical advantage.
Am I thinking about this the right way?

Also, Do the steel or brass dogs offer any advantage over aluminum or plastic?

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 10:47 PM

I have short (2 3/8”) brass dogs made by Gladstone … they work fine. My bench-top is 3 1/4” thick, so I could use longer dogs … just haven’t felt the need.

I would think the advantage in longer dogs might be being able to hold larger work-pieces.


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#2 posted 06-04-2011 02:46 AM

If they’re snug enough, it’s hard to imagine they would pop out regardless of the pressure exerted or size of stock. If the stem were much shorter, I could see that possibility but 3” seems more than enough to stay in place.

It’s a good question though.

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 02:49 AM

i agree. I make mine about 2”. Once through the bench, the rest seems line waste.

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 04:57 AM

I made my own bench and bench dogs. I made the dogs by turning a hunk of oak that was just over the size of dog holes I drilled. 1 inch they are, I did not know better back then. I didn’t turn the whole oak but left a squarish “head” on it and cut them to just barely go through the bench top. With the square head they won’t fall through. I made some with an real thin head and others with a meatier head. They work fine for me.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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