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JesseTutt

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531 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: workbench vice bench dogs

I am building the wooden part of my end vice. I was given the metal screw part. I plan to use round 3/4 inch bench dogs. How thick of a piece of hard maple do I need to be able to withstand the pressure caused by tightening two bench dogs? Anything over about 1 3/4 inch requires me to laminate two pieces together.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri


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nwbusa

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#1 posted 531 days ago

I used 8/4 maple for my vise chop and it’s held up fine.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 531 days ago

I would agree with nwbusa – anything under 8/4 is asking for trouble.

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#3 posted 531 days ago

technically I’d aspire to go 3x the width of the dogs which would be 9/4 (or 8/4 to simplify the math).
if you only have 1 3/4 you can definitely try that without having to laminate, or just look around for a cutoff piece from some local shop that will be thicker.

you can also always laminate sideways.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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JesseTutt

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#4 posted 530 days ago

I could face laminate up two pieces to make something 9/4 thick. I would just need to make another trip to pick up some more maple.

PurpLev, I not sure what you mean by laminate sideways. Would you elaborate?

Also, a follow up question. Should I center the bench dogs in the wood?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#5 posted 530 days ago

one way to laminate (probably the most obvious) is to use 2 boards one in front, one in back (as in workbench->piece-1->piece-2->vice face) another way to laminate is the ‘other way’ (?) as in one board above the other, and use more boards (more smaller pieces) – think butcher block. that way looking at the vise from the top you only see 1 ‘wide’ board so to speak

and yes, you should center the dogs in the vise

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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