Making an Earring Rack #4: Hanging Rods and Pegs

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 11-12-2014 04:55 PM 1962 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Hanging Slats Part 4 of Making an Earring Rack series Part 5: Finishing Touches »


I needed 15 of these little hangers, but I made a few extra (9) just in case I broke any.


These hangers will get glued on to the hanging slats, and will hold a 3/16” dowel rod

Earrings can be hung from the rod. The original design was to drill holes in the slats themselves, but…
1.) that’s a lot of holes to drill
2.) 1/4” was too thick to hang the earrings on (according to my wife when we were testing things out before I made the hanging slats).

I also like that it’s a little different design than what I’ve seen elsewhere too.


Since I don’t have a drill press, I used my post drill to ensure all the holes were square to the face. 37 holes (19 top row, 18 bottom row).

The pegs are 3/4” apart, and staggered top to bottom. They’re mini shaker pegs.

Since my post drill doesn’t have a formal depth stop, and I didn’t want to use a collar on the drill bit (namely because I didn’t have one the right size), what I did instead was count the number of cranks to get to depth after it started cutting wood. I used the post drills ratchetting mechanism to advance the bit. The number was 60, for the record.

It took about 40 minutes to drill all the holes.


After that all I had to do was drive in all 37 pegs. And then remove them all so I can glue them later.



Thanks for checking it out!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 11-12-2014 05:10 PM

So friggin’ fun.

That little rack is going to pull a lot of duty.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 11-12-2014 06:10 PM

Thanks Tony. Hopefully it’ll be enough space… the number of slats, and spaces in those slats was specified, so if it doesn’t, there’s 10 extra slots than ‘required’ lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 11-12-2014 06:33 PM

looking good, Mos!
Lots of space to show off pretties…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 11-12-2014 06:44 PM

Sweet, Mos!

Shoulder recovered yet?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 11-12-2014 07:48 PM

Thanks guys!

Todd, it’s actually not that bad. After the first 2-3 revolutions, it’s got that fly wheel doing most of the work, it’s just maintaining the momentum on the downward part of the rotation… but that said, it was still about 40 minutes straight of doing that. 37 holes drilled, 60 revolutions each 2220 revolutions, give or take lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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