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Dog Holes and Mistakes

When choosing a new bench design the dog holes and integral dogs drew me to the Roubo. Planing boards is a pleasure except when you don’t have a great method to hold them on your bench. Paul Sellers’ is adept at using his front vice, and I admit it has worked well for narrow boards. I’ve also used boards positioned across the end of the vice as a planing stop. However the ability to use a tail vice and adjust to any board length has great appeal.

Most of you will notice that a router and template was used in this process. Before hand tool woodworking I did most of my work by machine and I still have most of them. You can’t beat machines for repetitive processes. Except when you stop paying attention and oops.

A little plug will take care of that. I routed one dog hole too far.

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  1. Sylvain
    July 23, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Have you experimented Paul Sellers “clamp in the vice” concept?

    My workbench is only 1.50 m long so bench dogs would not address every situation.

    • July 23, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Yes, I’m a big fan of Paul Sellers and frequently use his method. I’ve got some projects in mind that are 6-8’ and am hoping the bench dogs work well.

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