Portable Work Bench (Part 21) Dog Hole Strip Started

One of my early requirements for this bench was square dog holes. This will be the first bench I have had with them and I am looking forward to trying them out and taking full advantage.

Shaft for the square dogs cut and curfed on the table saw.
Shaft for the square dogs cut and curfed on the table saw.

To embellish the work surface I have decided to make the section between the dog holes out of curly maple. I found the curliest piece I had and selected the nicest looking section of that board for this purpose. The curly maple will be surrounded by thinner strips of black walnut. Due to the screwy glue up process I have been using I wanted the end grain to be as similar as practical, so I glued up this section the same way as the rest of the work surface.

Relief for the head of the square dogs cut in.
Relief for the head of the square dogs cut in.

At the table saw I cut the front and back of the holes at 3 degrees sloped toward the vise. Then I cut a couple of  extra saw kerfs down the middle to provide depth stops for removing the waste. Next I changed the setup on the table saw and cut the step for the head of the square dog.

Cleanup started on the holes.
Cleanup started on the holes.

Then with a chisel and mallet the waste was removed and some cleanup started. Removal was quick and painless due to the extra kerf cuts on the table saw. Initial cleanup done with a chisel, final touch ups done with a large push cheek float. The float made very easy work of this step and was clearly the right tool for the job.

Waste removed from the shaft and head areas.
Waste removed from the shaft and head areas.

Next we do some more screwy glue ups including the black walnut accents.

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