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Bench Dog Design

Wandered through an antique shop today and noticed several benches and tool chests. Typically I prefer junk stores since their pricing is reasonable and people understand what you are looking for and how it’s used. During my wanderings there were several benches, but the dogs on this bench caufgt my eye.


Perhaps I should have looked at the price of the bench, but by the time I was in this part of the store sticker shock had worn off and I was in cruise mode. It’s a very nice bench with decent proportions and a couple of nice vises that worked well. I imagine this will ultimately end up in a kitchen somewhere.

The bench dogs were quite large and moved smoothly up and down. They were held in place by a thin piece of wire.

They did not appear to hve been used often but I can imagine the wire would eventually create a groove in the bench top. Don’t think I will change the design on my bench but always fun to look at options.

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  1. Sylvain
    January 6, 2020 at 3:06 am

    Although he doesn’t use them, Paul Sellers has a blog about them:

  2. January 6, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Kind of blows my mind to think that it may be someone’s kitchen island someday! Wonder if 100 years from now that’s where we’ll find the computer stations of the 1980’s 😉

    • January 6, 2020 at 7:36 pm

      I think we may be safe from the 1980’s computer stations…the press board will never last!

  3. Merritt, Jim
    January 6, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    I have the exact same dogs in the bench I got from Anna’s grandmother. No grooves!

    • January 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      That’s interesting I may have to go back and look again. Looked fairly simple to make.

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