Making a springloaded bench dog

A wooden bench dog can be made to fit snugly by equipping it with a metal spring cut from an old band saw or hacksaw blade. Cut your dog to size, then chisel out a small recess for the spring. The width and depth of the recess should equal the width and thickness of the spring, but its length should be slightly shorter than that of the spring. Press the spring into the recess; the metal will bow outward, holding the dog firmly in its hole.

bottom of the dog, except for the head. This provides a lip that will butt against the edge of the bench (left).

To use the edge dogs, place the left-hand dog in a hole in the fixed dog block and the right-hand one in the sliding dog block of the tail vise. Tighten the vise until the workpiece is held in the notches (below).

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