A tool organizer is something that every shop owner makes for themselves at some point or another. For my tool wall, I decided to utilize pegboard to hang up the squares and miscellaneous tools that I had in my shop. I have found that if a tool or instrument is available at a moment’s notice your work flow tends to be much more productive. It also makes it so you're more likely to use that tool when the need arises. I didn’t want to take up a huge amount of wall space to make this tool organizer so I opted for a much more compact configuration.
I begin by laying out all of my tools on a full sheet of 1/4" pegboard, which I picked up at my local home store. This is a crucial step in the process and allows you to visualize how large the organizer needs to be in order to hold all of your tools. It only takes a few minutes to do this and helps prevent the potential for miscalculations. If you're planning on replicating this on a full length workshop wall then this step really isn't necessary.
With the general dimensions in mind I decided to cut the pegboard, also known as perforated hardboard, to a rough dimension using my circular saw. This hardboard is a little cumbersome due to its weight and size. Performing this initial operation makes the next step way more manageable.
Next, I used my table saw to cut the pegboard down to its final dimensions (see the plans for details). Because the size of the pegboard was beyond the capacity of my table saw this part was a little dangerous. If you have the same issue as I do make sure to be extra careful when executing these cuts.
As mentioned, 1/4" pegboard is very flimsy so a frame was absolutely necessary to provide some structure and stability to this project. I used my miter saw to cut the 1x2 dimensional lumber I purchased from the home store down to a rough size.
I wanted the pegboard to sit flush with the frame that surrounded it so I used a ½” straight cutting bit to route a rabbet into one edge of each 1x2 frame piece. To ensure that the rabbet was uniformly the same depth and width I installed both x and y axis feather boards on my router table. These feather boards ensured that it was both tight to the bed of my router and tight against the fence.
I took measurements straight from the pegboard and mitered each frame piece to fit the panel like a picture frame. This part is relatively easy, you simply fit the first piece and clamp it to the pegboard. Miter one end of the second piece and use the first to get an accurate measurement for the next piece. You continue this until all pieces are cut to length. I use glue and brad nails to hold the frame together. The pegboard panel serves as a jig to hold the frame square when assembling it.
Rather than gluing the panel to the frame I decided to attach it using brad nails. My thought process was that I would be able to replace the panel later if it was to become damaged or unusable is some way. It became clear that the flimsiness of the panel, even with the outer frame, was still too much so I cut a strip of 1x2 to add stability across the organizers center. The strip is first cut to length at the miter saw then reduced to thickness using the table saw.
I attach the support with brad nails sunk through the pegboard from the top. The difference is night and day compared to what it was without this support piece. I Added a few brad nails through the front panel into the support to tie it all together.
I secured it to the wall using 2 ½” inch interior construction screws. The area where I placed the organizer had no usable studs so I attached it using drywall anchors.
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