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Forum topic by Olaf Gradin posted 12-19-2007 01:06 AM 1736 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Olaf Gradin

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12-19-2007 01:06 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman arts and crafts greene pin joinery ebony

I’m going to be making a frame over the few days and want to pin the joints in a typical Greene & Greene Co. Fashion. I ran a test on the procedure with some ebony and a saddle joint of poplar. It went well enough, but making the pins seemed inefficient. How are others making the chamfered head, square pins seen in the Arts & Crafts style furniture?

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#1 posted 12-19-2007 01:21 AM

Olaf. I cut about a 12” piece of blackwood 3/8” square. I used a bandsaw to cut it square.

I then held the wood at a 45 deg angle and just cut the corner edge off each of the four sides. I then held the tip piece and cut off about 1/4” piece. That was all I used in the Thorsen Hall table that I made. The project is here and it has the link to the blogs.

I just contuinued until I got the number of pieces that I needed.

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#2 posted 12-19-2007 02:32 PM

I agree with Karson.

Another approach is to shape the chamfers on the disc sander,either using a guide or just hold them at an angle by eye as I do,at about 30 degrees. I typically cut mine on the bandsaw a little over sized and reduce them with my 12” portable Makita planer.Try to use straight grain wood to reduce tearout.I sneak up on the final size with scraps before sending the good stock through for the last pass.To keep glue cleanup around the pins to a minimum just use a Q-Tip to apply a little glue to the lower section of the mortise walls and bottom.Cut the pins short and set them to depth with a soft Pine block so you dont mar the point.

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#3 posted 12-19-2007 03:25 PM

I was just looking at Fine Woodworking’s site last night and watched this little video about square pegs. His are just decorative, but he has some nice techniques. He drills and a hole with a router, squares it with a chisel and then pounds in a square blank. He then uses a credit card as a shim/spacer to hold a saw proud to cut it off and then a chisel to form the chamfer. You have to have a subscription to watch.

Video here.


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