Building For The Wife #6: Kitchen peg board for utensils.

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Blog entry by fatman51 posted 09-24-2015 08:32 AM 1556 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Right after she loaded all of her things into her new kitchen bureau, my wife was cleaning the sawdust off of her Jars of things that I had borrowed and putting them in her new spice rack. She glanced at the side of the refrigerator, which is just right of her new bureau, which sits between that and and her stove, and decided that she needed a utensil hanger there. What she described like a piece of plywood nailed to a 2x that extended out from the end of the cabinet where it came up against the refrigerator. Only she wanted it to look a little nicer than that. She even ask if we could fasten something to the side of the appliance. Prior to my installing her new spice rack, she had put little hanger strips on the wall, which would be at the back of her knew Bureau I went to my shop and got to work.

Seeking a platform that was about 19 1/2 inches by 22 inches, I milled out 6 knotty pine pickets and 2 hardwood rails. I do not know the hardwood, but I can tell you that it used to be the sides of a little red wagon from harbor freight and hails from china. Probably the same material that the Home Depot’s wood dowels are made from.

I set the table saw up and cut a 2 1/4 dado 3 inches in form the end of each picket, making a seat for the rails.

I lined everything up and checked the fit before getting out the glue and clamps, and cutting 24 pieces of 3/16 dowel rod, about 5/8 of an inch long.

With everything glued and clamped, I used an 11/64th brad point bit with a stop to drill 2 holes per picket through each rail.

Putting a little glue into each hole, I used a mallet to drive each dowel snugly into place. This done, I could remove the clamps and sand the rails smooth.

Next, I turned the assembly over and sanded the face smooth.

I used a framing square to lay out the holes for the pegs and set up to drill the holes at 15 degrees off of plumb. I adjusted the stop on the 11/64th brad point drill bit, setting it so that I would stop just short of drilling holes in my table top. The holes are about 7/16 deep and the pickets are about 9/16 of an inch thick.

This done, I used my razor saw to cut a about 30 pegs out of the same 3/16 dowel rod.

When I was done with these it was time to cut out a 1 1/2 by 5 1/4 by 9 inch block of pine to make my hanger, which I attached tho the assembly with screws. I would drive screws from the inside of the end of the cabinet above the new bureau, to the left of the refrigerator and the ustensil peg board would stick straight out along the side of the refrigerator.

Understanding that the wife did not want to look at the rough end of a 2×6 every time she got into her nice new bureau, I made a little piece of pine veneer and contact cemented it the endgrain of the 2x hanger.

When I was done I had a kitchen utensil pegboard that needed finished.

I filled one bad spot and while that was setting up, I sanded and oiled each peg with Watco cutting board oil. When the fill was set, I sanded it out and gave the pegboard the same finish. The pegs fit just snug and my wife was able to tap them in where she wanted them without using glue. She can change the arrangement of the pegs as she chooses. Only the veneered end of the 2×6 hanger is visible without moving the refrigerator.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 09:10 AM

How about a photo of it mounted in place?

-- Mark

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 03:59 PM

Sorry, I intended to put said photo in when I posted the blog, but the photo was no good and I have to take another. I will see if I cant update that tonight.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 09:52 AM

There you go Mark, I added the image to this blog and the next.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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