Ask WWGOA: Building and Accessorizing a Workbench



This is in reference to the Building and Accessorizing a Workbench video. Very interesting and informative. Why didn’t you drill the bench dog holes with a router and 3/4″ straight bit through the template?

Submitted by anonymous

Great question. I learned the answer the hard way. My first approach was using a plunge router, ¾” straight bit, template guide bushing and the pattern. Unfortunately, with such a deep plunge in hardwood, it’s A LOT of work for the bit, and just didn’t work. Even with drilling out to 5/8” the router bit didn’t like making the plunge. If the bit chatters even a tiny bit the holes lose their tolerance and the bench dogs won’t work.


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7 Responses to “Ask WWGOA: Building and Accessorizing a Workbench”

  1. James Bertocki

    Hi, I built a bench and need to drill dog holes. I’m not too good a drilling strait. Is there any other way of doing this without using Two pieces wood or a square To do this?

  2. njs36

    I am building an outdoor bench like a potting bench. Should I use glue on the joints? or is it waisted because I am using treated wood that is not supposed to absorb moisture. So would it not absorb moisture from the glue?

  3. danilogrb

    where do I get the plans for making....specially the accessories

  4. Bret

    I have a shop about 24 by 40 at our house. I have basic tools like hand tools, drill press, couple of saws. The shop shares space with the dog, my Jeep and a motorcycle. I clean and rearrange it but nothing seems to work. Any suggestions on how I place and store things so I can have a working shop?

  5. Mike

    If you were in a small shop and needed you contractor table saw to be mobile would you build one to encompass more tools or buy one of the bases with wheels?

  6. ROY

    Question: I recently acquired an old oak hobelbank (sp?) (German woodworking bench). It's said to be over 100 years old, and I want to restore it lovingly back to working order. The legs and base will have to be replaced, and the top one centimeter needs for be removed to regain flatness, and some minor repair to the wood screws on the face and side vices. I'm looking for a good video on someone else's experience with doing something similar. Didn't see anything on YouTube for this particular work. Can you help me out? Thanks.

  7. jimd1631

    What a screw up website. Could you make it any more difficult find this video. Waste of time!