This is just a quick post. In my last entry, How to Make Round Benchdogs – A Pictorial, I showed the process that I used to make the benchdogs for my workbench. The trickiest part of this process was installing the small bullet catches that I bought from Lee Valley. They require a 5/16ths hole, but the fit is very, very tight. They need to be pressed in, as hammering them in might damage them. In my previous post, I used a bench vise and some scrap hardboard to do this. It was awkward to say the least.
A friend at my local woodworkers club suggested that I use the quill of my drill press to press in the bullet catches. I thought this was brilliant idea. It certainly never would have occurred to me to use the drill press in this manner. At the end of my previous post, I had run out of bullet catches and was waiting for more to arrive from Lee Valley. Well, they got here and I decided to try out the drill press method.
I used one of the pieces of oak that I had cut a V-notch in to support the benchdog.
This works very well. It made installing the bullet catches as simple as you could wish.
I just thought I should post this quick tip, in case you try making your own.
– Jonathan White