Hand Tools

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Re: I should explain
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Re: I should explain ()

Brian Holcombe
Gary,

The pins should be riven, many people (including myself) make them from splitting stock and finalize them by knocking them through a dowel plate. This makes a rather ugly looking pin but it is round and the grain runs straight.

This is important because the pin once knocked through the joint will be curved, if it runs out at all it will break (as you experienced) rather than doing its job.

Straight (riven) wood tends to flex where wood with runout tends to split where the grain runs out.

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