For the most part, we only use pegboard in one way: by tacking it to a wall and having one of the sides available for hanging up tools. This Saturday Morning Workshop shows you how to make use of both sides of any size piece of pegboard. Plus, this design is completely flexible and can be sized to fit your needs.
Because this sliding storage system will hold many heavy tools, you must mount it on sturdy shelving. Not shaky, store-bought shelving, but the sturdy, fixed-in-place, floor-to-ceiling shelves you’ve either already built (or have thought about building) in your workshop. You can also mount this system directly to some studs. (Make sure to use three or four studs and three or four screws in each stud in order for this mega-toolbox to be secure on your wall).
Assembly takes just a couple of hours with only a circular saw, a miter saw, an 18-gauge brad nailer and a drill. Materials are available at any home center. Use 1/4-in. tempered pegboard for durability (1/8-in. is too wimpy).
- 8′ 1×3 Boards (4)
- 2’x4′ 1/4″ Pegboard (4)
- 2’x4′ 1/2″ Plywood (3)
What It Takes
- Time: 1 hr.
- Cost: $75
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Tools: Circular Saw, Miter Saw, Brad Nailer, Drill, Clamps
Create the Outer Box
Use a circular saw to crosscut the 1/2-in. plywood into five 24-in. x 24-in. pieces. The process we used was to make an “H” using wood-topped sawhorses, set a guide and make the cut through the stacked plywood pieces. Make sure to factor in your circular saw’s base plate when measuring where to put the guide. Glue and nail the sides of the box to the top and bottom pieces.
Cut the Pegboard
Cut the pegboard into 24-in. x 24-in. pieces using the same method as above with saw horses and a circular saw.
Make & Attach the Spacers
We used paint sticks for our spacers, but some cardboard or any other 1/8-in.-thick material will work just fine. Tape the spacers to the four corners of one of the pegboard pieces. This added width is to allow for play in the grooves of the storage system. This first piece of pegboard will be used to space all of the groves inside the box.
Cut 1×3 Boards to Length
Use a miter saw to measure, mark and cut all of the 1x3s into 24-in. pieces. Clamp a scrap piece to your workbench so you don’t have to measure every cut.
Attach the First Two 1x3s
Put the first two 1x3s (the top and bottom pieces) in place and attach them to the box you’ve built using glue and brad nails. If the edges of the 1x3s are rough, sand them before installing.
Space & Fasten the Rest of the 1x3s
Put the pegboard spacer in place against the 1x3s you’ve just installed, and then attach the next pair of 1x3s (top and bottom), making sure the pegboard isn’t too tightly wedged in place. Your outer box will be slightly wobbly and not rigid yet, so use a square to make sure the box isn’t skewed. Continue in this manner until you’ve secured all of the 1x3s.
Fasten the Back Piece
The remaining 24-in. x 24-in. piece of 1/2-in. plywood is to be used as the back piece. Fasten it with glue and brad nails. This will square up the box and make the assembly rigid.
That’s it, your sliding pegboard storage system is complete. Now you can fill up both sides of each piece of pegboard with hand tools and other small workshop necessities.