A tool wall 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 that your work flow tends to be much more productive. It also makes it so you are 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 this much more compact configuration. If you’re interested in learning how I assembled this project and want to make one of your own take a look at the video posted above or continue reading the tutorial below.
I begin by laying out all of my tools onto a full sheet of ¼” pegboard that I picked up at my local home store. This is a crucial step in this process and allows you to get an idea of how large the dimensions of your pegboard organizer needs to be.
With the general dimensions in mind I decided to cut the pegboard, also known as perforated hardboard, down to a more manageable size.
With the pegboard at a size easier for me to manage I then used my table saw to cut it down to the 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.
Quarter inch pegboard is very flimsy on its own so I decided to frame it out like I would when making a picture frame. I use my miter saw to cut the 1×2 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 rabbit into one edge of each 1×2 frame piece.
With the rabbits cut I took the measurements from the pegboard panel and mitered each frame piece to fit around the panel like a picture frame. This part is relatively easy if you haven’t done it before, you simply fit the first piece and clamp it to the pegboard. Miter one end of the second piece and use the first piece as a stop to get an accurate measurement for the length of the next piece. You continue this until all pieces are cut to length.
Now that I have all the frame pieces 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.
The pegboard panel is simply tacked into place using brad nails. I decided not to glue this in because I wanted the option to replace the pegboard if it was damaged down the road.
The panel was still a little flimsy so I decided to cut a strip of 1×2 material across the center to add a little structural stability to the pegboard organizer. I first cut the strip to length at the miter saw then use the table saw to reduce its thickness to the appropriate dimension.
I attach the strip to the frame using brad nails. I simply sink them into the support through the outer frame. 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. I couldn’t find any studs to tie into so I used drywall anchors to ensure its stability. I hope you enjoyed this video and learned a little from it. If you have any questions regarding its construction or want to give a little constructive criticism, then feel free to leave a comment below or in the comments area of the YouTube video post. Please like, follow, or subscribe to my social media accounts if you want to receive notifications of future postings and goings on in my workshop. Thank you for reading.