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Shop-Made Bench Dogs

Photo Simple solutions are usually the best. And this tip certainly falls into that category.

Lots of workbenches have ¾″-dia. holes in the top to hold bench dogs. But the holes aren’t much use if you don’t have a good supply of dogs to fill them. So I came up with a simple and cheap substitute for “store bought” bench dogs.

My shop-made dogs are sections of ¾″-dia. hardwood dowel with rubber tips on the ends (photo). The tip gives the dog a cushioned grip on the workpiece, as well as keeping it from sliding through the dog hole. You can find both components at the hardware store and for a small investment you’ll always have a ready stash of bench dogs on hand.

You’ll find more useful project tips, techniques, and plans at PlansNOW.

Good Woodworking,

Ted Raife
Online Editor, Woodsmith

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