A few cuts ensure your store-bought pegs will last

Store-bought Shaker pegs can shrink and end up fitting loosely in their holes. To keep pegs from falling out, Club member Frank May of Kansas City, Missouri, uses a wedge to expand the pegs tenon. This method is often used in furniture construction. First, bore a 3/32-in. hole thats perpendicular to the grain at the top of the tenon. (The hole prevents the wood from splitting.) Next, cut a kerf from the rear of the tenon to the hole with a band saw or handsaw. Cut a wedge thats the same width as the tenon and slightly longer than the kerf (assuming the hole is deeper than the tenon is long see photo). The wedge should be about one-third thicker than the kerfs width. Finally, insert the point of the wedge into the kerf, apply glue and use a mallet to tap the peg into the hole. Its best to try this on a few test pieces first.
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