Step 6: Create Pegs
Pegs are incredibly simple, whether you have a mitre saw or not. You don't want to make the peg too tight, or it will damage itself, crack the tenon (as a result of forcing it down into the hole), and damage any stain you might apply to the piece. This is why you cut the pegs into slants: to allow for variance and adjustability.
1. Mark off 11/4" along the bottom of the peg.
2. Mark off 1 3/4" along the top of the peg.
3. Use a jigsaw or a mitre saw to cut across from one to the other.
4. If you have a little chunk still attached, just break it off with your hands.
5. Use whichever half fits best in your hole. If you notice, your peg holes are 1 1/2". So this allows a little bit of play for getting the peg in & out. When installing the pegs in the next step, you want to get them all reasonably through the tenon. But each tenon will not be exactly even with all the other pegs. Each has it's "niche" so to speak. Good design allows for this variance.