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Horizontal pins in trestle base

I have drilled a horizontal draw bore hole in the middle of each of the through tenon cheeks offset by 1/8 on a 1 inch diameter hole in trestle table base. The trouble is when I knock in the key the counter pressure seems to push the joint out of square. Because I drilled the hole in the center of the cheek there is no clearance to be able to drill a counter setting hole in order to straighten it to square. Is there anything that can be done to remedy this short of cutting another stretcher? Nothing is glued up yet.

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Sorry but I'm having a hard time understanding your concern.
Can you post a picture to show where you are?
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I'd say ....

your hole is too far off of the center of the matching hole.
To have an 1/8" difference is too much. It doesn't take much to "draw" the pieces together, a 1/16" at most. Why not fill the hole in the stretcher with a dowel or hardwood plug and redrill closer to the matching center? That's what I'd do rather than make a new stretcher since it won't show and we won't tell ....anyone... else.... here....

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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I have drilled a horizontal draw bore hole in the middle of each of the through tenon cheeks offset by 1/8 on a 1 inch diameter hole in trestle table base. The trouble is when I knock in the key the counter pressure seems to push the joint out of square. Because I drilled the hole in the center of the cheek there is no clearance to be able to drill a counter setting hole in order to straighten it to square. Is there anything that can be done to remedy this short of cutting another stretcher? Nothing is glued up yet.

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Sorry but I'm having a hard time understanding your concern. Can you post a picture to show where you are?
Yes here is a sketch.
The dowel/key seems to be pushing the face away and knocking it out of square.

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Yes here is a sketch.
The dowel/key seems to be pushing the face away and knocking it out of square.

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From your picture and description, my initial suggestion is you may need to elongate the hole on the stretcher. The pin should go in freely and then tighten securely after about 1/3 of the pin is below the bottom.
I made my pins 7" long and the bottom of the pin extends almost 3" below the bottom of the stretcher tenon.
If the shoulders on the stretcher are square, and the measurements from the top inside trestle to top inside trestle match the measurement of the stretcher inside to inside, the table should be square when assembled with the key.
Some people build their tables where the key is only decorative, but I built mine where it's functional and can be easily disassembled.
Keep us posted on your progress.
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I just looked at your picture again and saw something I didn't see before.
I think you drilled your hole for the pin to fit from the side, horizontally.
I was thinking of the pin going in from the top side, vertically. Either way will work and should not make a difference in stabilizing the table.
Again, keep us posted on your progress.
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