Thursday, June 02, 2011


As we haven't had a Woodworker's Wotsit for a while, I offer up this tobacco tin of potential - and currently rusty - puzzlement.

Not that I think it'll puzzle some people for any time at all, so don't be surprised if your comment doesn't appear straight away - it'll probably mean you're correct... Bonus points if you've ever had cause to use some. I haven't - yet.


  1. "Dogone" is a mild mannered American expression that we use when the grandkids are around and we're about to use an expression they shouldn't learn from us.

    It might also be a good expression when we can't get random pieces of lumber to pinch up close enough.

    So, we can use these dogone looking things for that purpose.

  2. Dog doos in a tin? Liquorice flavour?

    I guess... clamps for pulling logs together... on small log houses?


  3. I would have guessed log dogs, but since you said they're in a tobacco tin, I'm going to go with pinch dogs for gluing up panels. Haven't used any before, but they look useful.

  4. Those are pinch dogs. They are actually quite useful for gluing up panels. As you tap them in, they draw the boards tight. There are several modern versions being sold as well. Quite good stuff.

  5. dog nails or joiners dogs, for temporarily holding (pulling) things together before using better fittings such as ordinary nails.

    Woof woof!!

  6. Pinch Dogs.

    I had to use some on an unruly beagle once...

    But traditionally, they're used in the endgrain of boards on either side of a glue line to clamp them together.


  7. While I don't know the proper name for these - they look like clamps to me - used for holding together mitre joints, etc. I believe Lee Valley currently sells a smaller version of these.

  8. You need a big old stapler for them.

  9. Aren't the inclined planes of pinch-dogs meant to be on the inside only causing the force vectors inwards?

    So, I'm plumping for staples too, perhaps for temporary holding of posters or some-such.

    Stephen R
    in NZ

  10. I used to know Ashley Iles, Ashley and his Wife slept on the floor of my flat when they attended a "Guild of Woodworkers" (I used to run the Bristol branch back then) meeting here in Bristol back in the 70s. I mentioned to him that us Woodworkers could no longer buy Joiners dogs or Swan necked chisels and he started to produce a few...great bloke and a lovely wife.. Come to think of it that Flat of mine seemed to act like a magnet to anyone interested in Wood in one way or another. Ashley Iles, William Goodman who was the author of "The History of the Woodworking Plane" Roy Arnold (he collected and sold tools) Alan Beardmore ( he made fabulous Planes in my opinion on a par with any of the famous names in Plane making ). Also Tony Talbot (the then editor of Woodworker Magazine) and his wife.... It was marvelous ! I WANT THAT FLAT BACK !!!
    You can still Google ( I think ? ) Alan Beardmore Planes.. and taketh a gander. My regards, Ted Cole.

  11. I have had a collection of Joiners Dogs for many years now and just like Dogs they are a true friends! Table and Counter top assembly etc and of course highly portable! My favourite theory (which usually with me means my only one) is this. Stand one of them up in front of you and they are just like looking at a dog... My regards, Ted.


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