Bench Dogs or bank hooks are inserted into corresponding holes of the bench if needed and serve as a stop for fixing work pieces on the workbench.
But with two screws and a rubber band you can change them into Pop Up Bench Dogs
Step 1: Material & Tools
Tools you needed are only:
- a saw
- a screwdriver
the following is optional:
Material for each bench dog
- a hole in your workbench
- one wooden dowel, that fits in this hole
- 2 screws
- 2 rubber bands
Step 2: Preparing the Dowel
Cut a dowel in length. It should 3 cm longer then the thickness of your workbench
Make a cut on the bottom ca 10 mm deep and one at the top ca 5 mm deep. You can use a table saw or a hand saw. You do not have to work very accurately.
Put the dowel in one hole and make a little groove with a hand saw. This groove will later catch the rubber band.
Make sure this groove has the same direction as the bottom slot.
Step 3: Mark the Position of the Screws
Make a line with a pencil straight through the hole. The distance form the hole to one screw is the length of one rubber band. Pre drill the screw holes with a ale and screw in the screws.
Step 4: Assembling
Place a rubber band over the screws. Insert the dowel into the hole, insert one strand into the slot, the second must be on the side with the small groove. To enhance the effect they can add a second rubber band, but this second on goes completely through the slot.
Step 5: How It Works
To push it up
use a screw driver, a chisel or a coin. Insert it into the slot, push it a little and turn the dowel.
To push it down
just push the dowel deep in the hole and the little groove will catch the rubber band.
To see all steps at once, please watch the video
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