Drawbore Pegs

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!

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6 thoughts on “Drawbore Pegs

  1. Dave Polaschek

    Do you rive or saw to make your peg blanks?

    The trick I’ve been doing is putting a v-shaped groove in my backstop which I can use while shaping the peg. I put the peg in the groove, and anything that sticks up gets shaved off. Speeds me up a little when I’m cranking out pegs. Been pondering a doweling machine, but that seems a bit much.

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    1. Ron Aylor Post author

      In this case a little of both. LOL! I’m using the leftovers from rebating the oak panels. I cut 3/8″ x 3/4″ rebates on the carved panels with a saw. This piece was then split in two and cut into 3″ billets.

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  2. Mark Dennehy

    The number of errors in my joinery that drawboring hides is one of the happier numbers in my shed 😀

    I tend to rive them from offcuts using a hacking knife and then put the blanks through a steel dowel plate though; given how much stress is on them, I wouldn’t trust a shaped one, the grain direction is too important. I like your approach to paring the pointy ends; damn sight safer than what I’d been trying before I switched to whittling them with a knife (I used to try to pare them with a chisel while holding them up in the air the way you might sharpen a pencil. Not the world’s smartest idea when you have forty to do and you try to speed it up and put the chisel into the meat of your thumb because you were going faster than your skill was able to manage…)

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