my first adventure into the wonderful world of DRAWBORING was a great experience. it was not difficult and the results are amazing.
drawboring is pegging a tenon into a mortise with the peg-hole in the tenon shifted slightly toward the shoulder causing the peg to tighten up the joint
I used red oak 1/2” dowels from lowes. I took my time going through all their stock to choose the straightest grain dowels. the ideal would be to make my own from riven white oak, but the red oak worked nicely
here’s how my day started, my bench in pieces ready for assembly
boring 1/2” hole through bench leg
drill bit was just barely long enough!
drilling tenon about 1/8” toward shoulder relative to the hole through the leg
looking through dry fit… that peg is going to have a meandering path!
... so I chamfered the hole through the tenon with a round file
and sharpened the pegs
peg driven home… see it poking out the bottom
one set of legs done… it is SOLID!
one of the four tenons split, but I also used a lot of glue and it’s still rock solid
finish line in sight!
some 3/4” pegs for the aprons
a blown out 1/2” dowel on a lower skirt
It was a great day in the shop! thanks for looking!
-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com