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rantingrich

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11-22-2014 02:31 PM

I am curious? I am planning on making my own woodworkers bench. Of course with holes drilled in it for bench dogs.. Does one drill all the way through the TOP? or not

-- Rich


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 11-22-2014 02:38 PM

Yes, absolutely, drill all the way through.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 02:56 PM

It’s up to you….You can always drill half way through, and have “stub dogs”....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 04:02 PM

If you drill all the way through the sawdust will clear the hole and you can use holdfasts etc.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 04:45 PM

I drilled 3/4” holes all the way through. I used an Irwin solid center auger bit. I drilled a solid block of wood about 2.5” thick on my drill press first. I used the block to keep my drill at a right angle to drill all the holes. On some of the holes, I fastened a block of wood on the underside of the bench that was tapped for a 3/4” wooden thread. This allows me to “bolt” things to the work bench with a wood threaded rod and wooden nuts. It has really worked well for me and better than the hold downs that you pound into the hole.

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 04:49 PM

By all means drill all of the way through … otherwise, you’ll have deep pockets of sawdust/chips that are a PITA to clean out. I drilled mine (6” on centers), starting with a 3/4” Forstner bit for the first half inch or so, then chucked up an Irwin 3/4” auger bit. I clamped a piece of scrap plywood across the bottom to minimize blowout.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 05:10 PM

AAH….You guys let the cat out of the bag….I was japeing Rich…...Hadn’t had enough coffee yet….By all means you want drill dog holes all the way through the top….I built a jig to do mine…

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 05:48 PM

Yep, all the way through. But look at this way, if you want to try the “stub dogs” you can always go back later and do what everyone said.

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 07:16 PM

Something I have been meaning to do (the last 5 years!) is chuck a 1/4” roundover bit in a router and ‘ease’ the holes in my benchtop. I have a couple that have chipped out a bit … maybe rounding them over would prevent some of this.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 07:17 PM

^ Dane, yes, that helps a lot to prevent chipping.

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#10 posted 11-23-2014 12:19 AM

I have an school woodshop bench with steel lockers for the base. The top only over hangs the lockers by a few inches, thus I wasn’t able to drill dog holes all the way through the top. Yes, this sucks. I have to occasionally clean the holes out with a shopvac in order to use the dogs.

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