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Blog entry by David posted 2654 days ago 5374 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am fascinated with the mortise and tenon joint, as well as, frame and panel construction. The most current issue of Fine Woodworking set me off on a path to add pegged joints to my frame and panel quilt chests. I like the look of the peg and appreciate the extra strength and longevity that a pegged joint will add to my projects.

WATCH THIS VIDEO FROM FWW
Drawbored Mortise and Tenon - FWW Video - Matthew Teague

The Pegged Joint Exposed - FWW #191 pgs 38-45 - Matthew Teague

I am still playing with this process. but thought I would share where I am at in learning how to peg mortise and tenon joints. I am experimenting with a blind peg (i.e. one that doen’t go all the way thru the mortise) and thru-pegged joints. I made pegs from both American Cherry and Brazilian Cherry. I like the constrast of the darker brazilian cherry peg.

My first pegged mortis and tenon joint using a square punsh that I made myself from steel key stock – my punch is a bit different than the one Matthew made.
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Close-up of the punch and pegged joint
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WayneC

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#1 posted 2654 days ago

Great technique and tool. Are you going to use round ones as well? They look great. You may also want to check out this DVD. He does a good job of covering drawboring.

Forgotten Hand Tools by Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz has done extensive hands-on research on drawboring, hand sawing and the historical use of nails in furniture construction. In the DVD, Chris explores techniques for fast, accurate and strong furniture construction that will last several lifetimes. His ideas may change the way you do woodworking.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#2 posted 2654 days ago

Wayne -

This is why I love LumberJocks! Thanks for the resources – I will be checking these out ASAP.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Bob Babcock

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#3 posted 2654 days ago

Ditto…while I love my power tools and yearn for more I love the simplicity of working by hand…...cognitive dissonance?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 2654 days ago

David…I’m going to be pegging the morris chair I’m currently making. Does the punch speed things up? I assume you chisleled drilled holes 1st as in the FWW article.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#5 posted 2654 days ago

Bob -

The punch actually cuts drilled 1/4” round holes square without a problem. Still playing with the process – this was my first run at it. I would appreciate any input you have.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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mot

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#6 posted 2654 days ago

I wonder if you could do this with a hollow chisel mortiser? I know it fades away from the hand punch, hand tool thingy…just thinking out loud…just sqaure off about 1/4 inch or so with the just the hollow chisel maybe…hmmm…I have to read more on Wayne’s resource.

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#7 posted 2654 days ago

I have used with success a 1/4” hollow mortise chisel outside of the tool. Make a small wooden handle for it. Drill the 1/4” hole and punch it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#8 posted 2654 days ago

I have used with success a 1/4” hollow mortise chisel outside of the tool. Make a small wooden handle for it. Drill the 1/4” hole and punch it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2654 days ago

I did a search on Chris’s Blog and got the following hits for drawbore. He focuses on round drawbore pins. But it should be useful info.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 2654 days ago

John -

Thanks – I was trying the technique in FWW – kind of fits my style making my own. Navy corpsman I used to work with always called my McIver becuse I like to make things out of other things. Looks like I will have to get my hands on a 1/4” hollow chisel bit (of course I would not consider getting a hollow chisel mortising machine!).

Wayne-

Chris’ blog is one of my favorite sites next to LumberJocks of course. Thanks for the link!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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