Workbench dogs can help prevent items from slipping around on the bench as a workman shapes them. A wooden dog can go into the round dog holes easily, and they are easier to install than square metal ones. Additionally, round wooden dogs leave less of a print on wooden pieces. Dog holes can be made with a plunger router and a drill. For an added touch, workbench dogs can be shaped at the top to help hold wooden pieces steady.
- To make bench dogs, cut wooden dowels to length, then use a chisel to cut the face of the notch.
- Dog holes are created with a plunge router followed by a spade bit.
- Holdfast holes are made the same way, but using a slightly larger spade bit.
“Wooden bench dogs are cheaper to make than buying metal bench dogs. You just need to buy wooden dowels.”
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