As a child a device embedded in my father’s bench always intrigued me. The device had a row of teeth that rose almost dragon-like from the bench surface and when you were not paying attention could bite mercilessly… years later when I attended secondary school all the benches had a similar device. I still managed to draw blood on its sharp teeth when not paying attention.
Recently I was rummaging around an antique store in New York and came across one of these stops/dogs. Naturally I had to buy it and install it at the end of my bench, if for no other reason than nostalgia.
This article first appeared in The GMC Group publication Woodwork Craft 2016