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Bench that Dog with a Detachable Shop Table Grooming Arm

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 03-13-2018 06:47 AM 2976 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Havanese, the National dog of Cuba, are bred for the tropics. Long, ultra-fine hair and Nebraska winters don’t mix well. The combination creates awful snarls and hours of grooming to maintain a winter-length coat. My wife Joyce can attest that Milly just won’t stand still for that much grooming.

The grooming problem led to the shop. Where else would you groom a dog? It’s heated and there’s a big bench, 3 shop vacs, and good light.

The entire assembly was built to be detachable and break down for storage. The arm is a 2×4 ripped and milled square. The top joint is a simple half-lap secured with a 1/4” bolt and wingnut. The base is a piece of 2×6 dimensioned to fit under the overhang of my bench. The vertical leg is secured in a dado with a 4 1/2 ” hex screw. Relief cuts and clamps secure the base to the bench.

So what’s with the finish and decorative routing? Simple, it was either fool with the project or spend the rest of the afternoon grooming the damn dog.

Note: Undermounting the base to the bench with relief cuts and clamps could be used to temporarily and securely attach a wide variety of benchtop equipment, jigs, and stops. As observed in the comment below by Jimintx.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.





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DeLayne Peck

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#1 posted 03-13-2018 07:49 AM

Oh, forgot to mention this project is scalable up to a 4×4 set into the shop floor and a log chain leash! Good luck with that puppy.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 03-13-2018 08:52 AM

Clever solution to an antsy dog.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 03-13-2018 11:12 AM

Good solution. Cute dog too!

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#4 posted 03-13-2018 01:56 PM

I used to do the same thing with my Springer Spaniel Maggie after a weekend of chasing pheasants. It would take at least an hour to get all the burrs out of her coat. I had a similar set-up that I would put on top of my table saw.

I sure do miss that dog and the time we spent in the fields out in Iowa. The best hunting companion I’ve ever had.

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#5 posted 03-13-2018 02:13 PM

Great solution and there’s always good cause to fancy it up a bit.
Well done.
Now I finally understand what people mean when they keep referring to “bench dogs”. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#6 posted 03-13-2018 02:44 PM

That’s a great project – well executed. Seriously, there are design elements there that can be applied to adding an overhead arm for dust collection on certain tools.

In my family we’ve never had small dogs, but that one is certainly cute, especially in that first photo where the pup is looking into the camera. Since the dog is the star of this post, you should tell us its name.

I do spend a little time getting Golden Retriever hair out of my shop, though. One of those types has been in my shop for 30+ years now. Each of them seems to have been bred to think it is just perfect to lay somewhere that the highest level of sawdust will embed in their coat.
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-- Jim, Houston, TX

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DeLayne Peck

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#7 posted 03-13-2018 03:58 PM

Brethern, thank you for the kind words and a surprising level of interest. Obviously, our woodworking community loves their shop dogs. Milly raises hell if I go to my detached garage shop without her. She is attentive, never underfoot, and never frightened. Not to mention her work as a dust mop.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#8 posted 03-13-2018 04:37 PM

Cute dog!
We have had three dogs, two poodles and one long haired Australian terrier!
The aussie had long hair, hence the name, and he was a three time champion with the name of Obie!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 03-13-2018 05:43 PM

Nice arm… but I really like the pooch.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#10 posted 03-13-2018 06:17 PM

Thats the cutest “bench dog” i’ve ever seen

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#11 posted 03-13-2018 08:05 PM

This looks like a nice solution. It’s a great idea to have an extra helping hand.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#12 posted 03-13-2018 10:28 PM

Of course if you have a hyper dog he could “hang” around the bench!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 03-14-2018 01:00 AM

Great dog! Oh, the arm looks good too!

-- AJ

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