I'm making a workbench and I've seen lots of examples of slots for
bench dogs that have a notch cut at the top. I'm making my own bench
dogs that will have a "spring" formed by a piece of pine that fits
into a recession under the head and attached to a taper at the bottom
of the dog with a screw.
My question is: should I cut a notch in the workbench slots or just
leave it straight? Also, the bench dogs will be rectangular (not
round) and at a slight angle.
"Square" dogholes are much easier to cut when you do them on
the edge of the stock - before glueing up the top. A router with
a template guide collar and a template speeds things up and makes
the holes uniform in demensions. The "notch" keeps the dog from
falling into the hole. Dogs are often left in the bench and popped
up when needed. Here's an example
If you make your own "square" dogs go with hardwood for the dog
AND the spring. The spring will get a lot of wear and pine wears
Here's the url to the page showing some dogs I did that might
give you some ideas.
Good luck wih your bench. Great tools.
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