Just to set the record straight, I started selling Festool related accessories approximately 3 years ago. The adjustable bench dogs, Domino narrow-stock spacers and MFT slop-stop are 100% my design. If these designs were posted on a forum, it was probably by myself.
I definitely did not invent the bench dog and I don’t believe Steve is making that claim either. He does recognize the usefullness of a bench dog in the MFT and has created a very nice line of products based on that thought.
A few years back I was asked to machine a dog with a center hole along with a product to mount auxilliary tracks to the MFT. After checking Steve’s website to see if either was available, and finding neither was, I went ahead with the “double-duty” dogs and reducing sleeves.
Steve and I emailed shortly after that and while we overlap somewhat on the dogs, we have a gentleman’s agreement not to duplicate each others ideas. More than once I have been asked to copy his products and have always referred them back to Steve.
Lets face it, bench dogs have been around for many, many years and there will always be variants desired and manufactured. But seriously, If anyone wants to claim ownership of the “bench dog with a hole” and wants to market them, please let me know and I will step aside.