Portable Work Bench (Part 22) Dog Hole Strip Completion

Continuing on with the screwy glue ups for the dog hole strip. I glue on more pieces of oak, this stabilizes the dog hole strip quite a bit. I was worried about the strip after the holes were cut. My concern wasn’t about the glue holding so much as me moving it around and smacking it against something and knocking a section off. Thankfully it has made it to this part unscathed.

Yet another picture of a lot of clamps used for a glue up, this time for the dog hole strip.
Yet another picture of a lot of clamps used for a glue up, this time for the dog hole strip.

The last couple strips glued on protrude into the dog hole about 1/4 inch, so a bit of hand work to get this portion cleaned up and out of the way. Once again the plane float to the rescue, inside tight spaces like this they work great!

Next I glue on a pair of 1/4 inch wide strips of black walnut, one to each side of the curly maple as an accent. Once dry I plane them close to the surface of the maple, final thickness dimensioning will happen after its all glued up and attached to the rest of the work surface.

Dog hole strip with walnut accents added.
Dog hole strip with walnut accents added.

Then I glue on some more oak strips next to the walnut. These strips were chosen carefully to show the quarter sawn grain of the oak. This is all putzy work over a couple of days but I think it will be worth the extra time. I don’t want to rush it at this point and screw it up.

After one last edge jointing of the main work surface and the dog hole strip I am ready to attach them together. I temporarily clamp them and drill several well placed holes for dowels. Then I clamp the outer most board of cherry to the dog hole strip and drill through the existing holes and slightly into the cherry. Brad really enjoyed using the air compressor to blow out the holes, it made a train sound. My thinking with the oak dowels is both as a registration for glue up as well as an added sheering strength. It’s probably over kill but hey its my work bench and I will over build it if I want to.

After a test fitting with clamps, its all disassembled and the glue is added. The cherry is intentionally hangs over the legs by a very small amount, this will be later jointed to mate perfectly with the legs.

Close up of dog hole strip attached to main work surface.
Close up of dog hole strip attached to main work surface.

Onto registering the work surface during assembly.