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Workshop tip: Form and ebonize walnut pegs in a single step


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Sq. pegs add each energy and ornament to border joints of all types. Whereas my private favorites are ebony with a pyramid form, ebony is costly and may be laborious to seek out. I lately found I can use my bench grinder to burn the ends of walnut plugs, darkening the wooden and forming the little pyramids on the similar time. Use the best wheel in your grinder, and gown the sting flat. Then all it’s a must to do is add a little bit right-angle fence to the device relaxation, and set the remaining at 20° to the wheel. Feed the inventory rigorously into the wheel on all 4 sides. With a little bit apply you’ll get a constant pyramid form, with the slight burning motion of the wheel leaving the top grain easy and darkish. To chop the pegs to size, I exploit a bench hook and advantageous noticed.

—JIM COX, East Aurora, N.Y.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Tremendous Woodworking subject #291

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