Making Square Pegs
(Pegging Mortise and Tenon Joints)
I became frustrated and was very time consuming for me using a shop made dowel plate for peg making. If you have made pegs before, at least for me, is very tedious, and I just don’t like making them. So out of that frustration, I have found a cool way to make “square pegs for a round hole.”
Rip some cherry stock (long grain) into ¼ inch square strips. Then cut to final individual length.
Carefully chuck your peg stock into your drill. Insert exposed peg end into a pencil sharpener, gently start your drill, slowly trim the end to round, it doesn’t take much.
Using a pencil, mark a cut line for the pegs shoulder. Being right-handed, I reverse the drill motor direction, so the peg stock is rotating away from me. Your left-hand, (oops sorry left-hand in pic is holding knife) hold your drill motor down against your bench, run your drill at medium speed. Right-hand is holding the razor knife then lowering your razor knife to the spinning peg making the actual “cut line” for the peg shoulder. This is an important step, because this eliminates any chip-out to the peg top portion.
Insert your die, (taper side down) into any vice, switch drill motor to forward, run at medium speed. Now carefully cut your peg.