I am in the process of building a "real" maple workbench and am about
ready to cut dog hole slots (for square dogs) in the stock that makes up
the dog hole strip. I plan on making my own dogs but want to make the
slots the proper size should I ever decide to purchase commercial dogs.
I see that the Lee Valley dogs are 5/8" x 3/4", and that seems to be a
common size for metal dogs.
So assuming I want to mill the holes the proper size to accommodate
those dogs, what size should I actually mill the hole? How much extra
space should I leave (how tight a fit?) The dogs have a side spring.
Does that require extra side clearance? How big should the extra top
"blip" be to accommodate the dog head?
I searched google and came up with countless discussions on the round vs
square debate (and decided on square), but could not find the info I
Anybody have any thoughts?
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