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How do bench dogs work?

At my woodshop, a lot of the workbenches have holes in the tops. I'm told these are for "bench dogs". What are bench dogs and how do they work? Why they're called "dogs".
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Is there a recommended distance between dog holes on a work bench?

Most of the general uses for the holes I have seen only require individual holes. When more than one bench dog is used they are used in parallel holes so the distance is not usually a factor. I ...
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Can one install bench dog holes in soft surfaces like MDF or softwoods?

I have a number of Kreg workbenches that I have made with help of their Pocket-hole jig. The workbench tops are made by layering MDF atop a 2x4 frame. I am wondering whether multiple layers of MDF ...
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How to clamp very thin wood for planing

I have some 1/8" plywood that I use to make small boxes, organizers etc. Since it is rough, a fast and neat way to smooth it is with a smoothing plane. Only a few light passes, of course. Using ...
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Fixing skew dog holes

I'm working on a workbench and I have started drilling the dog holes using a drill guide and a 19mm (3/4") forstner bit. I'm not exactly sure what went wrong, but a couple of the dog holes are ...
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