After installing the till front and bottom and being pleased with how everything was fitting together, I disassembled the chest into some twenty-four individual pieces. After a bit of sanding, I bored holes in the tenon in preparation for drawboring.
But before any assembly could take place I need to make a few drawbore pegs.
The pegs are three inches long, I only need about half that length, but I like having ten fingers. The drawbore peg pulls the mortise and tenon joint tightly together.
The hole in the tenon is offset just a bit from the hole bored through the mortise. As the peg passes through the holes, it creates a wedging effect, pulling the two parts together.
Once the pegs are driven home and made flush with the face, the joint is as tight as a tick!
Just twenty more to go!