Ok, I did a google search and got tired of wading through the old messages
with no answer.
I'm fixing the obvious shortage of dog holes in an old work bench I bought.
I've done the top justice. It was a lot of work to disassemble and set up
the top on a drill press with support stands. So I want to do anything else
I can think of before putting it back together (like properly mounting the
original vise that came with it).
I see some ready-made work benches and the pictures of the Veritas twin
screw vise showing dog holes on the apron at the front edge of the bench.
I'm having a little trouble seeing the value of these if you have a
respectable vise and bench slave installed on the front of the bench
already. But I don't want to read about some really great use for extra
holes only 24 hours after I put the bench back together.
I can get a 6 foot plank between mine - when planing by hand, don't have to
work around clamps. Mainly it just holds some much bigger pieces and
supports them along the length of the bench.
Thanks for the reply, Vic. I'll study my situation a bit more. My bench is
a mini- compared to yours. I've mortised the rear jaw of the front vise
into the bench and added an apron along the front that extends through the
vise to make a continous surface the full length of the bench. I think this
will make the front vise much more "invisible" when clamping boards of
various shapes and sizes.
This has been a lot of fun, considering its 90% work and only a few dollars
I built the Veritas bench just as in the plan. My bench has the twin
screw vise and a front vise as well. You are right, the dog holes on
the skirt arent needed if you have a front vise and board jack.
However, I have found a use for them. Having a number of bench jigs,
such as a regular and miter shooting boards, hold down, bench hook,
miter vise, etc.,- I drill a 3/4" hole at the top of each jig, glue in
a 3/4" x 2" dowel and hang them from the back of the bench.
Dogholes in the side of the end vise (Twin Screw in my case)
combine with a shoulder vise on the front of the bench lets
me clamp one end of a long board to be planed in the shoulder
vise and pinned in by the peg in the end vise.
You can also thread some holes, make some wood screws
and make a pseudo vase vise - say for dovetailing. Have
a look here
The idea was stolen from Ken Vaughn's site
Might want to check around the rest of his site
Charlie, you never fail to disappoint me with your level of documentation
and good pictures. If there is any topic on this planet that you've
documented, it will be thorough and interesting.
Das Bench is not only a very nice piece of work but its also going to be a
great laboratory experiment. I see you are going to answer the age old
question of whether round holes will hold up vs. square holes. Get back to
us in about 10 years and let us know.
Thanks for the links to more ideas.
I am SURE that was merely a goof-up textual typo, with the word "never" removed,
it must be correct, he intended compliment. but that was a good catch of yours,
ALEX's must be a shot sharper to some tiny degree... ay? Charlie you should
think because Billy couldn't have meant to insult you. And I agree with the
true intent of Billy's comments, on the positive side.
Alex - newbie_neander in woodworking
You took it correctly. Substitute the word "amaze" for "disappoint" and
that approximates my intent. I wrote the message while my wife was in
surgery and was not thinking very clearly. (She's fine now).
On Mon, 09 May 2005 05:04:58 GMT, the inscrutable "BillyBob"
Dayamn, BillyBob. Ya done shoulda had the anaesthetist give drug your
-wife- instead. She could have used them more than you. <wink>
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