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    Shaping Small Pegs - Method?

    I am making some walnut pegs for a small cherry box. I take the 3/16" square blanks and work them on an inverted plane with a stop to get the rough shape. I then chuck them in the DP and go at them with a file to get a round peg with a square top.

    So I'm working away and I'm thinking "Somebody has got to have a better idea than this". Any help out there?

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    The pegs will be driven in the last little bit with a bit of glue, sawn off and sanded down. The piece of cherry in the pic is the thickness of my stock. The peg will extend into another piece mounted at a right angle to the face piece (that would be one side of the box attached to the other as in a pegged, butted corner joint).

    TIA,

    Glenn
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 08-09-2007 at 04:22 AM.
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    Why not use a square hole and one long square peg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Downey View Post
    Why not use a square hole and one long square peg?
    No 3/16" or 1/8" chisel ;-( But speaking of that, any recommendations on an 1/8" chisel. LV has a nice Japanese one but, $47. Hmmmm.
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    My only 1/8" is a ground down bucks bros that a friend gave me, so I can't help there. One day I'll get some good ones.

    I tend to do this sort of thing with a hollow chisel from a mortiser, if not with the mortiser itself. 'Course its not worth banging up the blunt end if you don't do a lot of these, since it then won't fit in the mortiser anymore. Still, with a chinese bit, you're out less than a midling chisel even if the bit becomes a hand tool.

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    Lathe with small four-jaw chuck.
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    Glenn, it may be a little rough, but if you make several extra and discard those that aren't good - how about drilling a 3/16" hole in a piece of steel, [from the other side of the steel drill partway through a little bigger, say 13/64] then pound the square peg through until you have the amount of square end you want.

    I made a dowel plate like this, but drive the wood all the way through for my own fully round pegs.

    Your technique looks to me to give finer results than mine. But I've found that as long as I can pick and choose from a surplus of pegs, it does well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Lathe with small four-jaw chuck.
    Trying to lure me to the dark-side, eh? Maybe someday . . . big jointer first though, then, maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Trying to lure me to the dark-side, eh? Maybe someday . . . big jointer first though, then, maybe.
    down and down I go, round and round I go
    In a spin, loving the spin I'm in, under that old black magic called......

    Oh, wait.......that's another thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    Trying to lure me to the dark-side, eh? Maybe someday . . . big jointer first though, then, maybe.
    You don't have a lathe? Who let this guy in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    You don't have a lathe? Who let this guy in?
    Heck, even I've got a lathe...

    never use it though

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