Hickory drawbored pins?

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 09-11-2015 06:47 PM 590 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-11-2015 06:47 PM

I’m building a work bench for myself. The top will be 4”- 4 1/2” thick Ash,the legs and stretchers will be made from a section of re-purposed hard maple bowling ally lane. The approximate size of the legs will be (depending on the available material) 5 1/2” x 3 -4” . I’m thinking I’ll use through tenons to attach the legs to the top. Draw-bored (3/8”) and wedged (Overkill, I know) and Draw-bored Mortise and Tenon joints for the 2”x6” stretchers.

I also have quite a bit of left over scraps from a solid Hickory hardwood floor installation.

I’ve only heard of people using Oak for Draw-bored pins. Question, will hickory pegs work as well as Oak?

-- Ken

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#1 posted 09-11-2015 06:52 PM

Yes, hickory will work just fine.
Wedged tenons are not needed in drawbored M&T joints, but you could do it for looks I guess.

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#2 posted 09-11-2015 07:22 PM

Thank you. It’s one of those very few times I can justify holding on to scraps, “I knew I’d use it some day” . I know the wedges are overkill, but I like the idea. I’ll probably use black walnut for the wedges.

-- Ken

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