Green wood dowels or pegs

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Forum topic by woodify posted 04-30-2013 02:26 AM 2883 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2013 02:26 AM

Will i run into problems with the pegs srinking and falling out as they
dry? My plan B is to split some seasonec maple firewood to make the pegs.

I watched Roy Underhill make his own dowels the other week on the Wood Wright’s Shop. I had a piece of steel so I used the largest drill bit i own to drill a hole in the steel and went looking for some wood.

I cut some branches off a maple tree to try out the jig. Seemed like the quickest test run.

After making some 6” pegs using the green branches i glued some into a board for use on my french cheat tool hanging system i’m working on.

-- Woodify ~~

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 07:38 AM

Yeah, usually you’d want the dowel to be dry and whatever it’s being driven into wet or dry. If the mortise wood is green it will shrink around the dowel and be super tight.

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 05:45 PM

You do not want green pegs. The seasoned firewood would be a good option. There’s lots of options for making your own dowels, ranging from the dowel plate you made to a pencil sharpener type rounding plane. You can also cut a bunch of green pegs then let them season.

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 08:25 PM

Ok thanks for the replies. I’ll stick with the dry firewood.

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