I’ve not had a proper workbench since I started my woodworking hobby last year, so I’m in the midst of building the “rock solid plywood bench” from FW #181.
The legs and stretchers are cut, glued and curing – I’ll hopefully be assembling the next time I get some time in the shop.
One thing that’s mentioned briefly in the article is drilling holes for bench dogs. This is something I want to do, but I wanted to ask a few questions before hand…
1. what’s the proper size for bench dog holes? Do you drill ’em with a traditional drill bit, forstner bit or something else?
2. Is there any suggestion for the pattern of the holes? How far in from the edge, how far apart? (I’m sure the answer will be “it depends” on this one!)
3. The top is 3/4″ MDF on top of 3/4″ birch plywood. Is there anything I need to think about when drilling the holes to minimize tear/chip out?
4. Any suggestions on a “not too expensive” vise?
Thanks for any help you can provide!