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Roubo Workbench – Bench Dogs

<p class="has-text-align-left" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The tail vise (wagon vise) is of no use without providing something to clamp against. In this case the Bench Dog becomes the opposing force. Many people use round dowels and it certainly would make things easier wehn making and drilling holes for their placement but the design of these bench dogs is unique and it looks like a fun project. The challenge is making fourteen of them. Clearly this is when a production line is a great choice and using power tools will speed up the process. I followed the guide suggested by the Wood Whisperer and it only toolk a couple of hours to complete. The first step was making a model which is shown below.The tail vise (wagon vise) is of no use without providing something to clamp against. In this case the Bench Dog becomes the opposing force. Many people use round dowels and it certainly would make things easier wehn making and drilling holes for their placement but the design of these bench dogs is unique and it looks like a fun project. The challenge is making fourteen of them. Clearly this is when a production line is a great choice and using power tools will speed up the process. I followed the guide suggested by the Wood Whisperer and it only toolk a couple of hours to complete. The first step was making a model which is shown below.

Beginning with hand tools, I made the first dog to get the correct size and shape. Most of you know that the majority of my time is spent using hand tools, however I do have the option of power tools when it makes sense and with 14 pieces exactly the same making a jig and mass producing them is a better use of the little free time I have. I’ve probably used a router more on this bench project then the last 10 years in total and although it’s far from my most favorite tool, it handles this job well. Beginning with hand tools, I made the first dog to get the correct size and shape. It took a bit of time assembling my router table, mostly spent looking for the assembly manual (hidden carefully in the box with my routers.) Next I assembled a jig using pallet wood from the construction dumpster next door. The design is from the WoodWhisperer, and it took an hour to put the jig together and rout the final shape for all of the Bench Dogs. Notice that the router produces a rounded shape rather then the squared off shape I made by hand. No worries they work just fine.

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