Tool Stands the Test of Time

~IMG_2633My first project article was published in November 1997. I wrote about building a hanging corner cupboard which I had also built for my first brochure. (A photo out of the brochure is posted below.)

If you take a look at the cupboard, you’ll see that there are many square pegs. There are pegs holding the shelves into the returns, at the corners of the door (through the mortise-and-tenon joints) and through places in the face frame which are through mortise and tenons and simply into the shelves for good measure. As I look back, I was square peg happy!

Square pegs in a round hole still stump many woodworkers. To make driving the pegs a snap, chamfered the ends of the pegs – it makes them easier to start and they follow the pilot hole much better.  I did this then – and still do it today – using an “old school” pencil sharpener before driving pegs into the project. The sharpener has various holes sized to allow for regular pencils and the jumbo pencils we used in grade school as we were taught writing. The largest hole is perfect to chamfer 1/4″-square peg stock.

This is a required tool in my shop. And has been for a long, long time.

— Glen D. Huey


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2 thoughts on “Tool Stands the Test of Time

  1. Glen, I like your corner cabinet. I suggest you build it again for us for your next issue of 360 Woodworking.

    I’d love to see the construction details and get a set of plans.



    1. Martin,

      It is a great small cupboard. And it’s been many years since it was published. Maybe I’ll pull it out for an upcoming issue, and make a few changes of course.

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