Homemade Bench Dogs

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Homemade Bench Dogs
Create a bench dog set up to help hold objects while you work. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

You use bench dogs to clamp objects such as lumber in different positions to that you can work on a project without having to use one hand to hold the object. It is basically a set of pegs that go with a number of holes made into the work bench and a vice on the end of the bench. You can construct this easily yourself.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Drill
  • Wood drill bit
  • Saw
  • Planer
  • Sandpaper

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure out and mark the line for the holes that the pegs go in. The line of holes needs to be at least 3 inches from the edge of the work bench and down the length.

  2. 2

    Drill 1- to 1 1/2-inch diameter holes at each mark, using a drill and a wood bit.

  3. 3

    Cut pegs from scrap wood to fit the holes. Make your cuts a little wider than the hole and then sand or shave them down with a hand planer or sandpaper. Sand only 2 inches on one end of the pegs to fit the hole, leaving the rest thick enough so that they do not slip through the hole.

  4. 4

    Install a vice on the end of the work bench so that it lines up with the row of holes. Drill screws through the screw holes in the vice and into the end of the work bench.

Tips and warnings

  • For an even quicker way of making the bench dog pegs, cut a wood dowel into lengths. You still need one slightly wider than the hole, and then sand down one end.

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