Bench dogs

■ After building the Portable Workbench, I added a feature of my larger bench — a set of bench dogs. 0 wanted to teach my new bench an old trick.)

These dogs are made by gluing a small block onto the end of a short dowel, photo above. Two simple design details make these bench dogs work great.

SIZE. First, the blocks on top are less than V4" thick, see detail in Fig. 1. So they won't inter fere with a hand plane or belt sander when working the surface of a 3-V'-thick board.

SHAPE. Also, the sides of the blocks are slightly beveled (canted), see detail. This way, when the vise is tightened the workpiece won't slip out from between the dogs.

Safety Note: To make the small blocks, start with an extra-long, strip. After it's beveled, cut off the blocks one at a time.

5* BEVEL ON AU SIDES OF BLOCK

DIAMETER OF DOWEL MATCHES DIAMETER OF DOG HOLE

5* BEVEL ON AU SIDES OF BLOCK

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