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how to build an accordion peg rack

Good morning friends,

During my previous post about the holiday hanging planters, you got to see how all those little planters were nicely displayed in the mudroom on an accordion peg rack. I love how the peg rack makes them look like one big piece of art there on the wall.

Well, today I'm giving you all the details on how I built this accordion peg rack. It's easy if you can take good measurements.

Let me show you how you can build your very own peg rack. This one, hanging right there on the wall measures 44" x 28".  The awesome thing is that it isn't a set measurement! You can open or close it up to fit your desired space on a wall. It's a big statement piece that you can create for about 20 bucks if you have most of the tools.  

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The tools and materials you'll need:

Cut list:
2 - 48" poplar boards
4 - 36" poplar boards
4 - 13" poplar boards
17 - 2" dowels



Cut the material following the cut list above. Use a stop block or a scrap piece clamped to your fence when cutting the round dowels - no need to measure every single dowel. Wait until the blade stops to raise it.
how to build an accordion peg rack
Makita Miter Saw |


I first measured and marked one of the longest boards.  Starting at one end, the first measurement was done at the 3/4" mark. The Kreg Multi-mark Measuring tool worked wonderfully for this task. I also marked the center of the board, making a crisscrossed mark.
how to build an accordion peg rack
From that point on, the distance until the next mark is at 11-5/8". The last mark has to be done at 3/4" from the end of the board. An Angle Square was the tool I used to transfer those measurements onto the other boards.

The next step was to drill the holes in the marked spots. I used a 1/8" drill bit.


Mark the center of each peg. Using an awl tool, set the hole location before drilling the hole. The same 1/8" drill bit was used here.


Use a 120-grit sanding paper to smooth out all those boards.


Use a large surface to work on assembling the peg rack. I had to work on the floor, but I used this purple insulation board which was comfier than working on the hard floor.

Set up all the boards, starting with the longest, the two -centered- 48"boards in an X way. 
how to build an accordion peg rack

I started right there, in the center, driving one of the 2" screws to connect both boards.
how to build an accordion peg rack

I got both of the boards up from the floor and slowly kept on driving the screw until I could see/feel a good portion of it on the other side.

The next step is to grab one of the dowels and begin turning/screwing it there, onto the screw.
Once you reach the poplar board with the peg, it's time to use the drill to continue driving the screw into the peg.
Continue doing the same with the remaining 16 pegs.

For the peg rack to act as an accordion, you need to loosen the screws a bit. 
This is how it looked once finished. I gave the front of the pegs a coat of gold paint. 
how to build an accordion peg rack - Cristina Garay

And here you can see how it looks when it's closed up. Good for storing it away, it doesn't take much space.
how to build an accordion peg rack - Cristina Garay

I added string lights from peg to peg and they just took it to the next level! LOVE it!
how to build an accordion peg rack

The complete details about the holiday hanging planters are HERE.

how to build an accordion peg rack

how to build an accordion peg rack

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