Quick Tip: Bench Dogs

Bench dogs perform the vital service of a holding a workpiece securely in place, so you can bring your full concentration to bear on the task at hand.


A bench dog is a great tool for any woodworker’s shop. Bench dogs are often used in pairs, with one pair set into a tail vice, the other into an opening in the bench top. The vice is tightened to hold the wood securely. That way, you can keep your mind on your plank. Though bench dogs are sometimes made of steel or iron, the woodworker’s choice is usually wood.

For more on workshops, consider:

Bench Furniture
The Basic Workbench
Planning Your Woodworking Shop