AW Extra 9/5/13 – Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs

Bullet-Catch Bench Dogs

When I built my workbench, I drilled
round bench-dog holes in the top so I
didn’t have to cut square mortises. Being
a thrifty sort, I didn’t want to shell out for
store-bought dogs, so I made my own.

At first, I thought all I’d need was a
couple 3/4" dowels with fl at faces cut into
them at a slight angle. They worked, but I
couldn’t leave the dogs in the holes when
they weren’t in use—they fell right through!

I had some left over bullet catches from
another job, so I installed a pair in each
dog. They’re spring-loaded, providing just
enough pressure to keep the dogs in place.

The catches have a lip, so I supported
the dogs in a V-block and drilled shallow
counterbores to sink the lips below the
surface.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker April/May 2012, issue #159.