The project in question is a toolbox made from salvaged pine. I was pleased with how the mortised sides turned out, so I didn’t want to spoil the look with fasteners. Enter the drawbore: The perfect solution to cinch up those joints and make the pesky cracks disappear.
As for the choice of peg material, split oak is commonly used given its toughness. I however opted for another resilient material: the ubiquitous bamboo chopstick! I cut the chopsticks in half, saving not the round end but the square end, so that I would have the satisfaction of driving a square peg into a round hole. I drilled 1/4” holes through the mortises, and offset the holes on the tenons by about 3/32”. With a few taps of the hammer (and a little beeswax to smooth the operation) those chopsticks sunk surely and smoothly. Pure satisfaction!
I’d like to hear your stories of drawboring, and any special techniques you may have developed.