Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making Pegs

We've been making pegs, which you can also call wooden nails.  Dad uses them to join the timbers together in the barns.
 The pegs start out as planks of wood and get band sawn down to 1" X 1" square stock. 
 The peg sits on this sled jig that dad built and it gets pushed through the band saw blade.  The blade slices the corners off the peg and makes it easier and quicker for the hand plane to make it round.

 All of the pegs have to go through this gauge to make sure they're exactly the right size so that on barn raising day, they fit and don't split any beams. 
 I wanna play ball, mom~~
Making pegs is boring!
The peg sits in this jig and makes it easier to hand plane. 
 This fixture that dad designed points the pegs.

 We're making tiger maple pegs and white oak pegs and chestnut oak pegs and walnut pegs. 
 Dad is making sure the points are just right and I'm looking for a yummy snack!
 On our way in for lunch, we spied these pretty flowers ☺
So until next time...........

Love ya lots♥
Molly and Mitch


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

What a FACINATING procedure. WE love learning stuffs like this.. THANK you fur sharing how they are done... and what kinds of wood is used.

LOVE the crocus...

Cowspotdog said...

that is a lot of pegs....hey maybe you can start a new game if you get a bad one - your mom and dad could throw it for you :)

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

We are always so interested in hearing of your daddy's latest barn inventions. So clever! We would have been looking for a treat on that table too. Bol. Btw, a late, but heartfelt, belated Happy 2nd Birtrhday to Molly. Seems she was just a pup! Happy Easter!
Smooches from pooches,
BabyRD & Hootie

Anonymous said...

WOW, your Dad is awesome with wood, and loved learning about the pegs, seen then in ships, but never a barn before.

The Mad Scots

Millie and Walter said...

That looks like a lot of work. We can't wait to see the next barn you work on though.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Those are going to be some magical pegs!!! Oh your dad is soo crafty!
Thank you for sharing this magical procedure with us

Bocci said...

Those pegs are the work of an artisan woodworker, we say! We enjoyed seeing the process.

Bocci said...

Those pegs are the work of an artisan woodworker, we say! We enjoyed seeing the process.

Ruby said...

Wowsa! That is a lot of work, butts well worth it huh? I bets they are better than any modern bolt! Your Pops sure is talented!!
I agree, I sure hopes you get to play with the 'rejects'!!
Ruby ♥

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

You might be bored, but SHE finds it fascinating. It's so goo to see the old crafts--even if made by machines--still being made.

Does this mean that there's another barn raising planned in the near future?

XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

Mollie said...

Happy Easter to you all, we hope you get'z lot'z of Berd or Thuna wez will see'z youz

Tuezday xxxxoooxxxx

Mollie and Alfie

Unknown said...

Clever daddy and we too enjoyed seeing the process. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Monika + Bente said...

You're a super work help!

Your Bente

parlance said...

You know something strange? As I was reading this post, I could smell the timber, smell the shavings on the floor, and feel the lovely texture of those pegs.

Two French Bulldogs said...

We wondered where pegs came from
Lily & Edward

animal lover, quilt lover said...

WOW how very interesting that was Mitch and Molly and thank you for showing us!! Loved it!!

Unknown said...

I has a learn!

Roan said...

Now that's an interesting project. I say your dad is one smart cookie. Not the snack kind. I'm looking forward to seeing the next barn.

KB said...

That is so cool. Your parents are so interesting, with their amazing skills. Maybe your dad could make you a "peg" for retrieving! LOL!

Happy Easter.

Sue said...

You're Mm and Dad are a talented pair. You are both lucky pups.