What are bench dogs used for? Bench dogs are a work bench accessory used to clamp work down to the table, or used as a stop when planing or sanding a piece. They can also be used as standoffs to keep work elevated off your workbench. Bench dogs fit snugly into openings drilled into the workbench and can be square or round.
Why are they called bench dogs? Technically, a simple peg installed in a dog hole in the top of a bench is a basic form of bench dog, though those dogs which clamp an item fast to the bench rather than merely sandwich it between itself and a dog on a vise, known as holdfasts, are most common.
Where do you put a bench dog?
What are workbench dog holes for? Dog holes are used to secure what are called “bench dogs,” often made of medium-hard woods such as mahogany, cherry, and/or walnut. The wood used to create a bench dog must strong enough to hold your work, but still pliable so as not to damage the wood you’re working with.