What's the quickest way to make a square hole for the decorative pegs often used in Craftsman-style furniture? For Jack Hinkel, of Apex, N.C., it involves a hollow-chisel mortising bit honed to a razor sharp edge. In this short video, Fine Woodworking staffer Tom McKenna demonstrates the process.


Keep in mind that this technique requires a sharp edge. If you're unsure of how to sharpen a hollow chisel mortising bit, be sure to check out our free step-by-step tutorial with furniture maker and instructor Bob Van Dyke.