dog hole plugs?

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Forum topic by Jeremiah posted 912 days ago 1350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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912 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: dog holes workbench bench top

i’m designing a “real” work bench. I’m making the top a torsion box design with dog holes in it.

I use my bench for everything so it gets dirty and constantly has small parts on it. Anyone come up with an inexpensive way to plug the dog holes when not in use, so i don’t end up filling them up with junk?

I’ve thought about turning plugs but i can see them getting stuck and then how do i get them out without having to use tools or screws (as handles)

Any and all actual or theoretical ideas welcome.


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#1 posted 912 days ago

I use plugs like you describe and poke a sharp awl in the top to lift them out. Haven’t had one get stuck yet. The awl will stick in the end grain pretty well if you make your plugs from a softer wood like pine or fir. If one does get stuck I plan to just run a screw in and pull it out.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 912 days ago

The dog holes in my bench are drilled through so dust and chips don’t collect. I don’t bother with plugs, but if you counterbore the dog holes slightly you could turn some plugs with a wider cap so they do not fall through. Then if needed you could push them up from below.



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#3 posted 911 days ago

does your bench need to be flush when your dealing with small parts?

Otherwise make mushroom plugs

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#4 posted 911 days ago

Just make more bench dogs and fill the holes with bench dogs. Here are a few examples.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 910 days ago

Thanks everyone for the ideas. I’ll have to post some pics when I’m finished with it.


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