How to Use Wood Pegs

By Wade Shaddy

Wood pegs, also known as dowels, are use to connect wood together. They are better than nails, invisible and easy to install with a doweling jig and a drill. Dowels have been around for years and are one of the earliest types of wood joints, but with modern glues, they are even better than before. They come in all sizes but the most common is 1/2 inch by 3 inches with a spiral cut.

List of Items Needed

  • 2 pieces wood, 3/4-by-2-by-6 inches
  • 1 dowel, 1/2-by-3-inches
  • Doweling jig
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Drill
  • Glue
  • Hammer
  • Bar clamp
  1. Lay both pieces of wood flat on a table and butt their ends together. On the face of the boards, make a short pencil mark that crosses both pieces. Separate the two pieces.

  2. Place a doweling jig over the end of one of the pieces. Align the arrow on the jig with the pencil mark and tighten the clamp on the jig.

  3. Insert a 1/2-inch drill bit in a drill. Place the bit into the doweling jig sleeve and drill into the wood 1 1/2 inches or a bit deeper.

  4. Remove the jig and place the jig over the end of the other piece of wood. Align the arrow on the jig with the pencil mark and tighten the clamp on the jig. Drill into the end of the wood 1 1/2 inches.

  5. Squirt a small amount of glue into both holes. Tap a 3-inch dowel into one hole. Fit the corresponding hole in the other piece of wood over the end of the protruding dowel. Use a hammer to tap the two pieces of wood tightly together. Place a clamp across both pieces and tighten to bond the wood together.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear safety glasses when working with wood.

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