Square Peg in a Round Hole
A streamlined approach to making decorative plugs by the dozens
Synopsis: Roger Heitzman knew there had to be an easier way to install decorative square pegs on a piece of Arts and Crafts furniture than to make countless numbers of round holes and then chop them square. So he devised one: He created a peg with a round stem and a square body. Using a drill press, tablesaw, and bandsaw, Heitzman says he can can produce and install square pegs in a fraction of the time it took to make them the old way, and with more consistent results.
The last time I chopped square holes for decorative pegs, I finished the task with a sigh of resignation and a silent lament: “there must be an easier way.” that was years ago, and after I again went and designed almost 50 such pegs into several arts-and-Crafts-style pieces for a client, my first thought was, “ok, wise guy, now what?” My…