bench dog

noun

: a wooden or metal peg set into the surface of a workbench in order to secure an item
Clamp the blank between bench dogs, then use a sharp block plane to refine the profile. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, November 1997

Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench dog was in 1867

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“Bench dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bench%20dog. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

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