The woodworking vice on my workbench doesn’t have a quick-release feature. This can make it a little slow to adjust. To speed up the process when securing a workpiece using bench dogs, I came up with the simple accessory shown above. It allows me to hold a workpiece between it and a unique bench dog inserted in the vice with a minimal amount of adjustment.
Quick build. This easy-to-adjust bench dog is nothing more than a square piece of plywood with a dowel inserted in a hole in the face of the piece. The key to the bench dog’s adjustability is that the dowel is placed in an offset position from centre. This way, by simply rotating it in the dog hole from one edge to the next, the distance from the workpiece changes as well (100, 75, 50 and 25mm). This reduces the number of turns of the vice handle needed to secure the piece.