Building a Pegboard Tool Organizer – 05

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 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.


Tool Organizer downloadable plans


Me laying out my tools to get an idea of how big I needed to make the organizer

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.


Cutting the hardboard with my circular saw and an edge guide

With the general dimensions in mind I decided to cut the pegboard, also known as perforated hardboard, down to a more manageable size.


Cutting the perforated hardboard to size at the table saw

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.


Cutting 1 by 2 lumber to length using my miter saw

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.


Using router to cut a dado into the frame places

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.


Mitering the frame using my miter saw

I use my square to size each frame piece to each side of the pegboard

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.


Using glue and brad nails to assemble the frame

With 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.


Attaching the Frame using brad nails

The pegboard panel is simply tacked into place using brad nails. I decided to not use glue in case replacement of the brace was necessary down the road.


Cutting a brace to reinforce the frame

Using my table saw to reduce the thickness of the brace

The flimsiness of the panel was concerning so I cut a strip of 1×2 to add stability across the organizers center. I first cut the strip to length at the miter saw then use the table saw to reduce its thickness.

Attaching the center brace using brad nails

Sinking brad nails across the length of the brace

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 attached the tool organizer to the wall using drywall anchors and drywall screws

I secured it to the wall using 2 ½” inch interior construction screws. The area where I placed the organizer had no usable stubs so I attached it using drywall anchors. I hope you enjoyed this video and learned a little from it. If you have any questions or comments about this build feel free to leave me a comment. Please like, follow, or subscribe to my social media accounts if you want to show your support.  Thank you for reading.

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