So I followed Gye’s advice and followed Kari’s advice and whipped out my block plane to fashion me some pegs for drawboring the tenons on my stretchers. I originally was considering making a dowel plate, but Kari in her post suggests that this works best for short dowels. All of mine are at least 6″ long.

So anyway, the block plane was a bit slow at first, on the corners, but it quickly picked up. I just started at one end until it fit in my test hole and wherever it hung up, I kept at it from that point. It took about 20 minutes to do that one dowel, which will serve to make 3 or 4 pegs. After this picture was taken I “doweled” the other piece, and I figure I’ll do two more of this length to be safe.

When it was all said and done, I was surrounded by thin ribbons of wood, and was happy I didn’t have a lathe. This was fun.