There's some verbiage about how I made this dog after the pictures
I made only one dog (first mistake!). I made it out of a scrap of 3/4" red oak I had lying around. I cut it into a dog-like shape. Maybe I can do ascii art. +--------+ |\ \ | +--------+ | | | | | | face | | | | | | | | +-+ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | + | | \| | +------+ That's the red oak part. The 3/4" dimension is in depth in my little picture. Then I ripped and planed a piece of pine (could be anything, I had some nearly thin enough pine lying around) down to be 3/4 inch wide and just thick enough to sit in the cutout of the oak piece. This is the spring. In order to make it springy, I planed a bevel down at the bottom of the cutout in the oak piece. You want just enough so that when you hold the spring flat on the bevel, the top sticks out a bit under the face of the dog, but can be sprung back into the cutout with a little force. Then you attach the spring to the dog at the bevel. I did this with a brass screw I had lying around. Here's a finished picture showing the spring (sort of) +--------+ | | | | | | | | | +-+ | | ++ | | || | | || | | || | | || | | || | | || | | || | | || | | || | ||| | ||0 | ||| +------+ The little jag in the spring is to represent the fact that the whole thing sits at the angle made by the bevel behind the screw (0). Does that make any sense? Back when I said "first mistake" you probably figured out there was more than one. The second one was that I made my dog too long. When you're using the tail vise for short stock, the dog will hit the vise screw if it's too long, so figure out how long your dog can be by adding the thickness of your bench top to the distance from the bottom of the bench to the vise screw and don't make your dogs any longer than this. You _do_ want them longer than just the thickness of the bench or you'll have a hard time pushing them up from below after you push them down below the surface of the bench. Somebody asked: > - Are your dog holes straight through or do they have notches > (to complement the shape of the dog)? I saw a bench plan where > all the dog holes had notches. Yeah, I've seen that too. Mine go straight through. It's supposed to be a good *fast* cheap bench, so just hack those holes out and get it made. And: > - Does the pine spring strip hold the dog from falling thru the > dog holes? I mean is that only thing that keeps the dog up or is > there any other support (like the notch I mentioned above)? Yeah, the spring holds it at any level in the hole. You want to cut your holes so this will work, so cut the holes (dados) a little snug and pare them until you get the fit you want with your dog.