Bench Connector Dogs Which Ingeniously Clamp from Above
Watch this video to see how easily you can extend and connect your 20mm worktops with Bench Connecting Dogs.
The latest addition to our growing line of Bench Connectors, Power‑Loc Dogs feature a patent-pending innovative cam action and swiveling locking lug that eliminates the need to use a clamping knob from beneath your workbench. Simply insert the Power-Loc Dog through the top of a chamfered 20mm dog hole, turn the socket head cap screw clockwise, and watch as the locking lug rotates outward and secures your worktops together. Power-Loc Bench Connector Dogs feature a total stock thickness capacity range from 30mm (1-3/16") to 40mm (1-9/16").
What's a "Bench Connector" Dog?
Modular and expandable work surfaces are nothing new, but craftsmen like Ron Paulk are pushing the concept forward with super lightweight, stowable, and flexible work surfaces. These designs utilize the familiar 20mm hole pattern as attachment points for layering additional work surfaces or jigs. Unlike traditional bench dogs which protrude from the work surface to act as a material stop, Bench Connector Dogs feature a chamfered lip that seats flush or slightly underneath your work surface.
While simple clamps can be used to layer and secure 20mm work surfaces, we're partial to Bench Connector Dogs for two main reasons: they provide precision registration and alignment of your work surfaces, and they apply strong clamping pressure without taking up valuable space on your worktop.
Picking the Right Bench Connector
The advantage of Power-Loc Dogs come in their self-contained clamping method. Rather than requiring an M8x1.25 clamping knob be attached and secured from underneath the table, Power-Loc Dogs are secured from the top of the table by way of an 5mm hex key or 5mm hex driver. This above-table clamping action may be preferred if the underside of your table is inaccessible, or if you don't wish to purchase or store additional clamping knobs.
Avoid over-torquing the Power-Loc Dog. A "snug fit" of the locking lug against the bottom work surface is all that is required.
To flush mount Power-Loc Dogs, you will need to chamfer the 20mm holes on your work surface. We recommend using a trim router with a quality 45˚ chamfer bit, as this allows you to perfectly adjust the depth of the chamfer to match these bench dogs. We do not recommend using the UJK Chamfer Tool in this instance, as its cutting depth is fixed and it is only recommended for MDF (not plywood).
See How Bench Connector Dogs Work
- Materials: 300 series stainless steel, Buna-N rubber
- Clamping Range: 30mm (1-3/16") to 40mm (1-9/16")
- Weight: 92g
- Adjustment: Requires 5mm hex driver or key (sold separately)
Power-Loc Dogs are patent pending.
Warranty & Returns
I love these things. I wasn’t sure how handy they would be and bought them on a lark. Now I use them all the time whenever I need to temporarily attach things to my homemade MFT! I need to get a couple more.
I bought 12 of these about 6 months ago. I have just purchase 36 more between a friend and me. I think that speaks about my attitude about the product. As a "zero profile" clamp for benchtop attachment, they are peerless.
These work perfect on my Paulk smart work bench, now I can have and move a vise connection anywhere on bench.https://youtu.be/TRzPQuRB64E
I have used and own at least 6 of the smart connect bench connectors with the knob and they work great and have their place on a bench. However for me and the way I like to work the Power lock bench connector dog is my new favorite and far exceeded my expectations. Great work on this product and keep up the great innovative products.
Great means to lock 3/4” to 3/4” surfaces securely and without obstruction. Would love to see this style of dog with the ability to connect 3/4” tops to 1 1/2” frames.