Make Your Own Dowels
With a dowel plate, you can customize the size and species to make stronger, prettier pegs
Synopsis: Pegged mortise-and-tenons are a staple of Arts and Crafts furniture, and since Michael Pekovich loves the style, he pegs a lot of joints. Store-bought dowels are fine, but they come in a limited number of species. Making your own offers more versatility and it’s easy if you follow a few tips. Start with straight-grain stock, ease the corners using a V-groove jig, sharpen the ends to a blunt cone, and use a dowel plate to form them. Pekovich also provides techniques for foolproof installation, whether you plan to cut the pegs flush or set them proud of the surface.
Because the furniture I make is heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, I cut a lot of mortise-and-tenons, and peg the joinery to add strength and visual pop. I’m always in need of dowel stock to make the pegs. Store-bought dowels are fine, but they come in…