Build a wall cleat pegboard

Create a wall-mounted home for all your workshop essentials

By Ryan Shervill

Photo by Roger Yip

When I built my new shop, I knew right from the start that I would be hanging a lot of tools and supplies on the walls. I also knew from my previous shops that locations and requirements would change as new tools were added. Rather than punching more holes in the walls every time I needed to hang or move something, I opted instead to mount two rows of cleats around the entire shop.

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Build the pegboard

Begin by cutting 1" x 2" pine into two pieces 48" long, and two more 24" long. With a 1/4" dado blade in your tablesaw, cut a 1/4"-wide x 3/8"-deep groove in the inside-centre of all four pieces, then mitre the ends to 45º.

Trim 1/4"-thick pegboard to 23 1/4" x 47 1/4" to fit into the grooves, then assemble the frame around it. Put a bead of glue into the dados and clamp the joints tightly. Once the glue has cured, reinforce the joints by driving two #6 x 11?4"-long wood screws into predrilled holes in each joint.

From the MDF cleats you made earlier, cut one piece 24" long and attach it flush to the top of the pegboard frame with a combination of glue and more 1 1/2" wood screws in countersunk holes. This time, make sure the bevel faces downward and pointed in toward the back of the pegboard.

Finally, you’ll need to install a 3/4" spacer strip to the bottom of the frame so the pegboard hangs flat against the wall. A piece of 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 24" scrap MDF is perfect. Secure it to the back of the pegboard with more glue and a few screws.

Tools & Materials

Part Material Size (T x W x L*) Qty.

For the pegboard

Pegboard plywood 3/4" x 23 1/4" x 47 1/4" 1
Long frame pine 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 4' 2
Short frame pine 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 2' 2
Spacer strip MDF 3/4" x 1 1/2" x 24" 1

* Length indicates grain direction

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Build a wall cleat pegboard

Illustration by Len Churchill

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