Bench dogs and vise question

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Forum topic by Joeshop posted 02-20-2012 03:29 AM 1635 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2012 03:29 AM

When putting hole(s) in a workbench for bench dogs, how deep ? all the way through ? what is the standard or normal practice ?


Placing faces on a bench vise, what is a good material to use to hold wood still ? wood ? hard/soft ? Is leather or some other material good to use ?

Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 03:37 AM

Drill all the way through. That way you can put holdfasts in there as well, or pop out the dogs from the bottom if they get stuck.

I put leather on my vise chop and love it. You’ll want something about 3/16 thick. I highly recommend it.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 04:58 AM

+1 on drilling all the way through…makes them self cleaning. I built my face vise with wood only (white oak), and it seems to hold fine with no slipping. Since I mostly use my bench dogs with a tail vise, I drilled them at a slight (3 degree) angle towards the tail vise and the one in the tail vise 3 degrees towards the fixed holes. it seems to keep boards nice and tight and they don’t tend to ride up on the bench dog.

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 05:12 AM

Clean through, leather facing here.

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