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How do bench dogs work?

Bench dogs allow you to clamp a long workpiece that wouldn't normally fit in the jaws of the bench vise. There's a set of dogs that attach to the vise, and a set that attach on the table, essentially ...
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How do bench dogs work?

In addition to bench dogs (explained well by Doresoom above), there are other devices that use the same holes. A holdfast uses the thickness of the bench to hold down a piece of wood with no ...
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How do I secure wheels to a workbench?

One of the problems with putting wheels on a work bench, is it often isn't stable enough for some of the stuff we do on the bench (hand planing for instance). Rockler has a set of workbench casters ...
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Is there a recommended distance between dog holes on a work bench?

is there a general recommended distance between dog holes in both directions? Common sense says that the holes should be spaced from the vice in increments that are less than or equal to the maximum ...
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How do I treat MDF?

What should I apply to seal the edges from leaking and seal the top from absorbing? Indoor use, subject to humidity. Technically you don't have to do anything to it, many people have MDF benchtops ...
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Design considerations for a machinist's work bench

and would like to know the key design considerations and recommended jointing options for such a project Unfortunately there isn't any easy answer to this. As with many woodworkers when I was ...
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How can I fix wood to some metal in a neither destructive nor permanent way

I'd add four simple blocks of wood to the underside of your work surface. I made this out of 2x4x6" long scrap. Drill hole in center with fostner bit, then use jig saw to cut access groove. With ...
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Using softwoods for bench tops

So a good question for here would be are softwoods suitable or practicable for use as bench tops? Yes. Obviously softwoods are generally fairly soft and a bench made from softwood is going to be ...
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What are the holes on the skirts and legs of benches for?

The holes in a workbench skirt are usually used for pegs. They're used to prop one end of a long board up while the other end is clamped in a vise or held to the face of the bench with a clamp or ...
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Small, Lightweight woodworking bench Styles

Tusk tenons, as you mentioned, would be good for disassembly, allowing you to make a larger workbench that can be easily moved in parts. Probably the biggest single piece would be the work surface ...
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Finish raised the "grain"?

Can I treat this like regular wood and just sand it back down before applying another coat of the water-based polyurethane Yes. The finish swelled the wood fibres in the particleboard/chipboard. So ...
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How can I fix wood to some metal in a neither destructive nor permanent way

Conceptually similar to zipzit's answer, another thing you can do is just mount some 1x2 strips or whatever to the underside of your surface, hugging the bars (you may want to mount one, then place it ...
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Is there a workbench "type" reference?

If you read the woodworking forums there are two classic books on the subject of workbench design in English and I think both compare features and usefulness a you're hoping. The first is by Scott ...
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Can one install bench dog holes in soft surfaces like MDF or softwoods?

My bench top is made of 2 half inch pieces of MDF that I laminated together with wood glue and screws. I drilled about 8 holes for my brass bench dogs. I have used those bench dogs for over a year now,...
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Front and Leg vise

What are the functional differences between a leg and front vise? I think you've already hit on them pretty well in your Question. Leg vise can be built from solely wood components and has a deep ...
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Laminating 2x4s - brush on the glue?

I have several suggestions for gluing this type of slab. The glue does not spread itself. Always distribute it evenly before making contact between pieces. You can do this using a brush or a roller....
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

Why do people position the saw in the middle why not at one end with a small overlap on the short side? Part of the reason people put the saw in the middle is so that they can cut miters from both ...
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What is the functional purpose(s) of a central insert in a workbench?

It functions as a plane stop, for planing cross grain with hand planes. If you don't plan on using hand planes extensively, it isn't necessary. If you do decide to use hand planes, you can get the ...
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Finish raised the "grain"?

You could probably go through a few cycles of sanding/water-based finish and eventually get a flat and sealed surface, but if it was me, I'd sand flat and apply an oil-based primer (and follow with ...
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Mounting the top for a new workbench

There are more elaborate answers to be sure but tusk and tenon and rising dovetail joinery would lend very well to such a design. I found a perfect image of what I was thinking. Image from ...
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Mounting the top for a new workbench

A workbench top doesn't actually need to be fixed to the legs or leg assembly. As Andy Rae shows in his book Choosing & Using Hand Tools the top can simply sit on round-nosed dowels that project ...
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Are some workbench features not suitable for a softwood workbench?

Should I not bother with these workbench features as they might not be suited for softwood? Example being I can see a holdfast wearing out a dog hole fairly quickly if used regularly. To clarify I am ...
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

Putting the saw in the middle maximizes the size of the pieces you can create from your offcut. Say you put the saw 1m from the end of your shop. Now you've got a 4m board and you need to create 2m ...
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Securing long boards for edge jointing

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like your bench has any provision for a deadman. This would allow you to clamp one end of the board in the face vise and support the other end with the deadman. I ...
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How do I secure wheels to a workbench?

I would use bolts, if I remember correctly I used bolts to attach wheels to my table/cart that I made, 12-14 years ago and they are still going fine. I attached them to 2x4's that were a part of the ...
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Would sandwiching MDF between two layers of hardwood make an acceptable workbench table?

Exterior doors for homes are made out of MDF with a lot less than a one inch hard wood veneer. It is reasonable to expect your table design would hold up to normal work bench usage. A better choice ...
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Front and Leg vise

Leg vise can be built from solely wood components and has a deep throat. Yes, but actually any type of vice can be built entirely from wood if needed or desired (as many were in the past). It ...
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Mounting the top for a new workbench

In Paul Sellers' blog he describes Building a Workbench which uses a drop-in wedge to make it possible to separate worktop from legs for transportation image by permission from paulsellers.com. Paul ...
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Using 1x4 instead of 2x4 for laminated workbench top?

Yes you can absolutely do this. It's just more glue joints to do but it's not really that much more work than if you were using 2x4s. Because of the number of glue joints you might want to subdivide ...
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Garage work bench compound miter saw position

I'm in a similar situation with a 14' (4,25m) wall. I don't recommend setting up your miter saw in the middle. I believe it depends on your usual stock length. For me, it's 8' (2,5m), so I have it ...
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