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05-11-2015 02:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bench dogs


I have been reading a lit about dog holes. Do these go completely through the bottom of the bench top? If so, how do you handle drilling through a very thick bench top?


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#1 posted 05-11-2015 02:46 AM

Yes, the dog holes go all the way through. Lay them out on the top and drill them with a 3/4” spade bit and chamfer the top with a chamfer bit. I used chamfer router bit for this.
The holes go all the wat through so you can sink the dog below the surface of the bench and push them up from the bottom when you need them.

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 02:58 AM


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#3 posted 05-11-2015 03:02 AM

I’ve used a brace and bit, but prefer a forstner bit in the cordless drill. That setup worked for a bench top nearly three inches thick without issue.

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#4 posted 05-12-2015 01:47 AM

I used an Irwin Auger bit with my corded drill. I made a 2 inch guide block on the drill press as a guide to keep it at 90 degrees.

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 02:18 PM

I used a brace and bit with a combination square next to it, through 2” of douglas fir. I did about 25 holes between the vise and along the front, and a couple near the middle. For me, it went really fast, and I haven’t had any issues with any of the holes’ angles.

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