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Offline Roadglide15

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Oak 1" pegs for joinery
« on: May 12, 2018, 07:31:46 AM »
Question:  Can i use 1.5 inch round oak branches whittled down to 1" diameter for joinery pegs? They would be for joining 6x6 post and beams.
I'm currently splitting dry red oak logs and making pegs, but I have a bunch of branches laying around. Would these be strong enough?

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Re: Oak 1" pegs for joinery
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 09:12:52 AM »
6x6 frames usually have 1 1/2" tenons and mortises. And 3/4" pegs.

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Re: Oak 1" pegs for joinery
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 05:23:41 PM »
Branch wood is usually reaction/juvenile wood so it isn't going to be as strong.

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Re: Oak 1" pegs for joinery
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 09:49:11 PM »
Use larger logs and rive the material. You want nice, defect free material. 
Rive to appx staves, then drawknife and spokeshave to size. great fun and green oak shaves like butter!!

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Re: Oak 1" pegs for joinery
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 11:40:23 PM »
PA_Walnut is right.  Branchwood not good for that.  Get clear, straight grain, green, butt log chunks and rive them with a froe.  Draw a grid on the end and start in the middle and start splitting alway the middle as you go to keep stress equal on both sides of the split. 
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