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Author Topic: Pegs v store bought doweling  (Read 504 times)

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Offline Jno wood

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Pegs v store bought doweling
« on: April 30, 2018, 05:16:22 PM »
I am sure there is a difference, but despite searching for information on this I can't find what it is. 

So what is the difference between oak Dowling you can buy and pegs?

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Re: Pegs v store bought doweling
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 05:49:59 PM »
Run of the mill doweling are just cylinders of wood, that may not be made from straight grain stock nor is the wood graded for structural use.  The strongest oak is fast grown with wide annual rings and so is the same for other ring porous hardwoods.  Look for less than 8 rings per inch.  Pegs are generally shaped with taper, maybe octagonal or round.  Best peg stock is riven (to insure straight grain), graded and shaved to shape.  Every framer has their own opinion on optimal shape.  Some framers buy pegs from suppliers of handmade  or machine made pegs, or make their own.
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Re: Pegs v store bought doweling
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 06:42:12 PM »
Thanks - that makes sense. I guess it would be easy enough to make some octagon pegs up on the table saw. 

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Re: Pegs v store bought doweling
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 06:55:57 PM »
It's preferable to rive the blanks rather than cutting them on a table saw.  Making pegs is pretty easy and I find it therapeutic.  Here's a good example:


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Re: Pegs v store bought doweling
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2018, 08:41:45 PM »
I would like to rive them, but I don't have the tools to do it. I have a cabinet making shop so I am using the tools I already have to build with. As this is a simple project with out much joinery I am able to get away with my standard tools so far.

You guys would get a good laugh out of how I am making joints as I am basically using convention cabinet making techniques and tools.



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