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Offline Zeke

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Pegs Turned or not?
« on: March 24, 2005, 09:17:57 PM »
Hi all,

I know that some of you make your pegs with a shaving horse. However, I'm a wood turner and am planning on turning mine. Does anyone turn thier pegs? Any opinions about which would be better?

Thanks,
Zeke

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Re: Pegs Turned or not?
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2005, 09:34:51 AM »
It was often said that peg that were made by splitting the wood, so that the peg would follow the grain of the piece, were better.

Also that, pegs that had ridges on the edges, as they were six or eight sided, would hold in the hole better and prevent the peg from turning or twisting out as the building rocked in the wind.

But, upon a tour of building built in 1850 and early at a Shaker Village in MA we saw turned pegs in many joints.

There are companies out there that sell turned pegs.

You can turn your pegs if you want as long as they are straight grained.

Cross grain pegs may split inside the hole when being driven in, and you wouldn't know it as you would think the peg is tightening the joint when it's really just passing by itself.

Just make sure you use straight grained stock.

Good luck with your project.

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Re: Pegs Turned or not?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2005, 11:05:09 AM »
Funny pegs come up today...

I have been having fun whittling away at making a bunch of 1" pegs from the slabs of a whack of white oak logs I got in last week. Even though I'm working with pretty good slab material, I am running into a fair bit of wavy grain, and had to throw out some material around small knots.

A while ago I asked whether heartwood or sapwood was important in pegs. Didn't see any response, so I assume either is ok. I've got some brown sugar tan colored ones, and some cream/white ones. I was surprised to see how dark the heartwood is in my logs...

Its working out pretty well, though clearly my tools are not quite up to snuff. My old (ebay purchased) $10 drawknife could use some serious sharpening and I am using a craftsmen portable workbench as my shaving horse - a poor substitute indeed  :(

Oh well, getting the hang of it. The first blank I started with probably two inches square - that's alot of draw knife pulls! I am getting the blanks down to a more manageable size now, getting the hang of that froe takes some practice.

The way its going, I am going to have material for a few hundred pegs! My eight year old son is interested in making them for dad to earn some money. Anybody wanna buy my extras? In the past, I've seen a few TFG company ads selling pegs from $1 to $1.25 each! Is that still the going rate?

Greg

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Re: Pegs Turned or not?
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2005, 11:19:38 AM »
When we make pegs from boards we run them through the table saw and create small squares.

Our finished peg sizes are 13/16" or the hole is that size.

So we rough out our pegs to 7/8" squares on the table saw and then draw knife them until they fit through the test hole in the shaving horse bench seat.

I'm not sure if sap wood will ok or not, maybe not. You'll have to see how they dry up, as to whether or not they twist or bow any.

The peg company is at: (click address for link) www.pegs.us/products.htm If you want to check current commercial prices, sizes and shapes.

Good luck.

Jim Rogers

PS. Greg the $1 or $1.25 per peg could have been for a fund raiser event.
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Re: Pegs Turned or not?
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2005, 12:38:42 PM »
I thought of turning my own pegs but a freind of mine that works at the Folk School told me he would sell me waxed oak pegs for 50cents each, so I never picked up the draw knife. ;D
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Re: Pegs Turned or not?
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2005, 02:42:06 PM »
Whats the wax for? Never hear of that one.

But hey, my pegs are riven and octagonal...

Thats worth at least another 50 cents a peg  :D

Greg


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