Creating and Editing Tenon Peg Holes

comments (2) August 15th, 2012 in blogs

Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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Recently a reader on Knots Forum asked how to create and edit tenon pins on a mortise and tenon joint. Specifically, the reader wanted to know how to change the size of the tenon peg after already placing a larger hole size in SketchUp. So I've created a video below and on YouTube that shows my procedure for doing this SketchUp construction.

As an example, I've used a modern Danish style desk that I'm building now. I don't think the original piece had tenon pegs, but I am likely to add them. I will be using Ebony pegs. The main material for the desk is Modesto Ash, so there will be a great contrast in color. I square the tenon pegs and whittle a point, then drive them into the round peg holes.

The overall desk assembly without tenon pegs is shown below.


Here is the leg joinery also without tenon pegs.


A close-up view of adding the tenon peg hole.




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Killenwood Killenwood writes: If you have any trouble getting the Point at Center option to show up in the menu, do the following:

Cliick on Window in the Menu Bar and choose Preferences. On the Mac, click on SketchUp and Prefer-ences. In the System Preferences dialog box, click on Extensions. Make sure that Ruby Script Examples is checked. Then try to place the guide point again.

Posted: 1:49 pm on August 20th

JohnInSoCal JohnInSoCal writes: Thanks for an excellent SketchUp woodworking video. I am an advanced SU modeler and learned about showing the center point of a circle, which I didn't know previously. Please continue making SU videos.
Here's a tip for you. (I don't get any finder's fee for saying this. I am just a happy user.) Check out the SpaceNavigator mouse at I could not help but notice the conventional way you moved around the model. This 3D mouse lets you fly around the model (with ease) like a humming bird. A fantastic tool for avid modelers, at about $100 (last I heard.) You can find a great review on it at

Posted: 10:47 am on August 19th

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