How to Make Workbench Dogs, Dog Holes & Holdfast Holes

Learn how to easily make affordable wooden bench dogs, and a simple, quick & accurate way to bore bench dog holes and holdfast holes. Links mentioned in …

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  1. You can also place a waste piece/board of wood below the bench top to prevent the bad finishing when the bit comes through. That way you dont need to drill upwards. I found it to work very well on delicate finish boards like mdf.

  2. No need to watch for the drill bit poking through after the first hole. You just use a block of wood or whatever above the top to stop the drill from moving any closer to the top; the first hole let’s you determine how thick of a block to use. Almost like using tape on a drill bit to stop the drill, but tape doesn’t work so well with the spade bit.

  3. Seldom do you need more than one or two bench dogs. I use a dowel with a square cap on top, so that it cannot fall through the bench. I also turned one on the lathe with a slight 1/8 inch ridge/ring at the top end, so it can be used with thinner materials. As for making a hold fast, i use a3/4" dowel about 8 inches long, sand it's diameter down a bit to fit in the bench dog holes and glue the dowel into a oak hold fast block that is 6 inches x 2 inches x 1-/34 inches, then glued a piece of leather to the bottom of it. Pask Makes has a video with something similar; they work great and only take about 30 minutes to make a few up in the shop.

  4. Fantastic tips, Joshua! Thanks a lot! 😃
    As you know, I still can't do much, but I've been playing around here, making small stuff (like a 2 by 2 by 4 and a quarter inches mallet) and searching online for dowels and stuff like that. 😊
    Anyway, stay safe there! 🖖😊

  5. GREEN HORN HERE😂😂 WE SUB BECAUSE YOU GIVE US INTEL AND THE LINK AND URE NOT SELFISH AND SHARE THE INTEL THAN KEEP IT TO URE SELF. WE'RE HEAR TO LEARN FROM FOLKS LIKE YOU JUST MAYBE ONE DAY I WILL BE BETTER THAN THE TEACHERS THAT TAUGHT ME. THIS IS WHY WE'RE HERE. I HAD TO COME OUT OF MY RETIREMENT TO HANG RED IRON AGAIN DONT HAVE NOBODY TO KEEP BUILDING THE INTERSTRUCTER OF THIS COUNTRY NOR MAINTAIN ITS UP KEEP. THANK YOU SIR RESPECTIVELY KEITH

  6. My workbench is 4" thick wit 3/4" dog holes. I've tried a variety of holdfasts, lengths, roughing them with course sandpaper and they just have a hard time catching. I counterbored one from the bottom with a 1" hole and that really didn't solve the issue so it remains a single test. I'm open to ideas.

  7. Great video Jonathan you really covered a lot of areas in one short video i completely understand the reasoning for not using Holdfasts in Dog holes but in all honesty thats kind of a hard thing to stick to doing especially if that specific hole is in a convienent spot to where you want or prefer to work in as most of us have our favorite Workbench are we work in

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