I'm designing a project that is calling for a dovetailed peg, but I
can't figure out how to drill the hole. By "dovetail peg" think
"wooden nail" except the head is tapered intead of just flat. A
turned dowel would be pushed through the hole, and the taper would
provide a big bearing surface. Picture:
In my case, I want the angle to be more like 10-15 degrees, and the
thin end of the dowel to be about 1/2". The board is 3/4" thick.
Grizzly has a 15 degree bowl edge bit that would work except that the
bearing is 5/8" - a bit too big. A dovetail bit small enough to fit
through the 1/2" hole wouldn't reach across the 3/4" board.
The board is too big for the lathe or scroll saw, and a jig saw isn't
If I can't figure this out, I'll try a stepped hole. Anyone have info
on the comparative strengths of this vs the dovetail I describe above?