Pegboard

"A place for everything and everything in its place" were words the Shakers lived by, and many household items in Shaker homes hung from assigned pegs.

"A place for everything and everything in its place" were words the Shakers lived by, and many household items in Shaker homes hung from assigned pegs.

The pegboard is a fitting symbol of the Shaker's approach to both daily life and craftsmanship. As with other Shaker-made items, the clean, unadorned lines of the pegboard reflected its humble function rather than any concern with appearance. But the simple design belied the pegboard's versatility. The boards did not just hold hats and coats. Lining the walls of Shaker homes, they were an integral part of household life—convenient, organized, and tidy, hangers for everything from bookshelves, pipe holders, and towel racks to candle sconces, chairs, clothes hangers (a Shaker invention), and wall clocks (page 118).

For the modern woodworker, the pegboards also reveal the Shaker devotion to craft. The simple mushroom-shaped pegs were accorded the same attention to detail as the finest cabinet. For this reason perhaps, Shaker pegboards were remarkably consistent in design and construction no matter when or where they were made. The pegs were typically fashioned from maple or cherry and averaged 3 inches in length. They were secured to 3-inch-wide back boards usually mount ed 6 feet above the floor. The spacing of the pegs varied according to the board's use. In New Lebanon and Hancock, the pegs were sometimes threaded and then screwed into the back board. Normally, however, they were attached with a friction fit, as described in this section.

You can buy pegs ready-made or turn them on your lathe. In either case, the base of the pegs will need to be kerfed to accommodate the wedges that secure them in place.

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