Retrofit Your Vise and Bench With Dogs Video Up

To show I like dogs we made a video to show how you can retrofit your existing non-dogging vise with a simple addition.

On the benchtop we added some spring loaded additions that provide the opposing dogs for holding your workpiece securely for planing and scraping. The system works really well if you like benchtop dogging. Hope you enjoy it.

19 comments on “Retrofit Your Vise and Bench With Dogs Video Up

  1. Excellent, Paul. I have recently purchased an Axminster vice to attach to my workbench, which I would thoroughly recommend by the way, which has a metal, moveable dog built in. I have drilled some holes in my bench and used some old Workmate plastic dogs to hold work, but your homemade dogs look much better and I will be making some.

  2. As always Paul and next one video well executed. One thing I would add as a recommendation is that you space the dog holes no further apart then the distance equal to the travel of your vice minus 1/2 an inch or so. This ensures that you’re able to handle boards of any links up to the furthest hole and the maximum extension of your vice without any gaps or need for wedges.

  3. Just finished watching this video, great job and thanks for sharing how you make your dogs. I built your bench but have not installed an end vise.


  4. Paul,

    You have fast become one of my favorite mentors. I discovered you while looking for a workbench build. I have enjoyed your perspective on hand planes as I have won the bidding on Ebay re: some old planes that I am rehabbing.

    Friday night I was reviewing my watch list on my big screen smart with my evening meal and you had posted this great practical video on making a plain top bench into a modified bench dog bench!

    Wow! Thanks! Simple, elegant and just what I needed, as I am repurposing a section of a three part bench for hybrid woodworking. ( hand tools and power tools ). Your bench dogs are elegant, simple, and functional. Love how you make it look so easy. LOL!

  5. Paul,

    You have fast become one of my favorite mentors. Making a hybrid woodworking bench from one section of my present shop bench. Soon to attach my Jorgenson vise , and thinking about the best place to install as well as putting in bench dog hold downs.

    Your video was exactly what I needed. Simple straght forward, practical and elegant.

    Thank You,

  6. Very elegant solution to a common problem.

    I also find it amusing that the next time certain people search for dogging they’ll be directed to a joinery site.

  7. How lucky am I bought Record 52.5 quick release vice. Little rusty but now looks superb

    Also same size Paramo vice …….both 10″ jaws x 300 opening ….paramo not used AND has a dog all for…………..,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,99p!!!!

  8. Paul I could mount these two vices on the front of my 2.4M bench but as I have a 3 drawer unit either end the centres of them would be 32″ as between the drawer unit is 42″ (each vice 10″ jaws). My existing record 52A -7″ jaws could go on the end with a dog modification. Do you think the two front would work at 32″ centres??? Thanks John

    • I would install one vise only off to the left if you are right hand dominant. Work with that for a few weeks. A second vise will be unnecessary at best and always in the way. Work with it for a month or so and see how it feels.

      • Thank you Paul for taking the time to advise me. With you as my tutor I feel that my jigsaw of experience is only just starting to fall in place, as an apprentice I am doing as I’m told and REALLY enjoying myself

        Regards John

  9. Once again, many thanks for an excellent instructional video. I was wondering how to do this, and will one day add this to my bench. A really brilliant design, and I love the use of the coat hanger wire and broom handle. Genius!

    However, I have a rather perplexing question. How do you now manage to sweep the floor, and where to you hang your coat? 😉

    Best regards

  10. Hi Dave just picked up your post re dogs and coat hangers, lucky for me just thrown two in the bin…… on bench

  11. Hi Paul,
    Could you please explain why the top of the dogs is slightly undercut rather than straight?
    Won’t that make a dent in the stock?


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