Frame Corner Reinforcement

Frame Corner Reinforcement…

A Few Samples of Corner Pegs

Below are a few examples of the many corner reinforcements available also known as corner treatments.  These are to give you a visual of what is meant by corner reinforcement which are typically found on lap-joined and tenon frames.  Mitered frame corners are reinforced differently using a spline.

In most instances the pegs go all the way through the corners of a frame so that the end grain of the peg is contrasted because it stains slightly darker making it more visible.  Or if you’re wanting a more contemporary frame the pegs can be added without them being visible to the front of the frame but still work to secure the corners.

There are two types of pegs you can choose from, either a round peg or a square peg.  Round pegs are typically a dowel that’s purchased pre-made.  So keep in mind if you’re looking at having a frame of a very rare or uncommon species of wood a round pegs may not be readily available.  On the other hand, a square peg, which is simply a square dowel, can easily be made from the same wood as the frame simply by milling it down to the needed size.

If you you have an idea of your own type of treatment do not hesitate to contact me and ask if it’s something I can do for you.

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Single Square Flush Peg  (Default Peg)

This is the default peg used on most lap-joined and tenon frames.  When stained they stand out because the surface of the peg is the end-grain which absorbs more of the stain causing it to appear darker.

You can choose from this flush square peg or a flush round peg at no extra cost.

Dual Ebony Capped Square Flush Pegs  (Additional Fee)These are two individual pegs that go through the frame.  About three quarters of the peg is made of the same wood as the frame and then an ebony cap is placed in the front.  There is an additional fee for this particular arrangement and use of ebony.You can also choose to have this arrangement of pegs using the same wood the frame is made from such as quarter sawn oak, black walnut, or mahogany.

Dual pegs/dowels are available only on wider styled frames.

Single Raised Square Peg(Additional Fee)The raised square peg also called pillowed or proud peg has been the most popular.  The square peg/dowel extends slightly above the surface of the frame and has rounded edges to give it the affect of a pillow.

This style of peg can be used on the narrowest frames as well as the wider frames.  The peg size can be changed depending on the width of the frame so that it looks proportionate.  Peg sizes are from 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″ and 1/2″.  The 5/16″ peg is the most commonly used.

Dual Flush Centered Pegs(Additional Fee)

This arrangement is most commonly used on through tenon frames as well as wider lap-joined frames.The pegs could also be arranged in a diagonal position as well.  Either leading in towards the frame’s contents or more commonly the opposite direction.

Dual pegs/dowels are available only on wider styled frames.

Single Round Pillowed Peg(Additional Fee)

This is a round peg that extends above the surface of the frame and then is sanded to give a slight pillowed affect.