Shop Improvements #1: My love hate relationship with pegboard

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Blog entry by Sarit posted 02-02-2011 10:17 AM 28221 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve recently moved into my new shop (aka 2 car garage), and I’m still pondering how best to use my wall space.
In my old garage I had a whole 4’x8’ panel wall behind my workbench, but found it difficult to get all my tools there without making lots of custom holders and there was no storage for items too bulky for pegboard. Oh how I longed for some upper cabinets, but lamented on how that would leave me with a pitiful 20” strip of pegboard under its dark shadow. Of course I could have replaced the cabinet door panels w/ pegboard, but the thought of hammers and chisels jumping off the doors as they slammed shut didn’t appeal to me. So in the new place, I’ve installed a 72” x 84” (w x h) closetmaid closet organizer. The shear amount of cubic feet of storage is amazing considering that I can still fit my router table underneath.

But, oh pegboard, how do I miss thee. Let me count the ways…
It was so easy to just pick up a saw hanging on the wall or see where a tool should go when I’m done with it. Since I now have to rummage through a few boxes to find what I need, I just leave whatever I use out, cluttering every worksurface I have.

Clearly, some compromise must be had. I’ve decided that I must put up pegboard, but not on precious wall space. My solution… false walls (or for you HGTV nuts, faux walls). And to make this even more interesting, these walls should be mobile. I’ll make shelves with casters and hang pegboard on the backs and sides. I’ll be able to move the tools to each workstation rather than making a trip across the shop every time I need something.

Then on the sides of all my tool stands, mount even more pegboard, like here on my router table.

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 10:36 AM

That is one slick solution, love the idea. What about some doors on the bottom with some boxes attached on the inside for even more storage and stuff wouldn’t fall out.

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 11:43 AM

That’s a good idea. Just like what they do for pantry doors in kitchen remodels.
I’m planning to build three of these, and there should be some adjustable shelves in there that I didn’t model in sketchup. Perhaps at least one of them I’ll turn into something like a tall cabinet with 2 doors top to bottom and boxes inside the doors would be perfect for my finishing supplies. At least one will house my collection of cased tools so no doors on that one for easy access.

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 02:28 PM

Did you intentionally give the guy in picture one the universal sign for “Rock On”?

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 03:26 PM

Give these a look:

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I’ve been thinking I could use something like this to hold the big table saw jigs, plus maybe an air cleaner on top.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 04:04 PM

Click for details
Here’s another nice one Sarit. I think I would make it a little lower and wider/deeper than your drawing. Tipping it over when loaded would suck.

JJohnston- How do you make those great picture links? Thanks! -Jack

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 04:08 PM

At the upper left of the project page, just below the field with the user’s name and the links to that user’s home, project and blogs, there’s a field that says “embed this project”. Copy the link in that field and paste it in your post.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 04:44 PM

You might be able to get some ideas from this.

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 08:55 PM

Wow, these are all great designs. I too was concerned about tipping over which is why the casters sit on runners that are a little proud on the pegboard side. I’m thinking if it feels tippy I will just make those runners longer (hopefully that doesn’t turn into a tripping point).
I do like the fact that these will be much easier to spin around. I think if I make it like Alonso’s, I’ll be able to use some left over full extension drawer glides I have.

The model of the guy was just something I found on sketchup. I just wanted an idea of how high someone could reach.

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 02:28 PM

I built this yesterday but used 6 feet (actually 71-1/8ths of really clear pine 2×4s for the posts. I just ran some dados.

It holds a ton of stuff. I am putting a drawer under the bench and my small 1 gallon compressor which is just used for nailers. All my brads and and guns will go down there or in the drawer. on top of the desk will go other various wood fasteners and biscuit etc.

When you think about it, this thing holds what a wall w/ 4’ x 16’ of pegboard will hold plus the deck and bench area are useful.

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 12:24 AM

That’s awesome esnap. I’d love to see some photos if that’s possible.

I’ll have to admit, that after the great ideas from everyone and the fact that I had just enough horrible plywood that I needed to clear my shop of, I ended up with a much different design. It is essentially a square base with 3 vertical panels attached to it in the form of an “I” when viewed from above. The panels representing the top and bottom of the “I” are covered with pegboard. The panel representing the middle of the “I”, is offset a couple inches to one side. The shallow side getting pegboard and the opposite side getting a french cleat system for a custom clamp rack.

I’ll post photos shortly once I can get back into the shop.

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