DIY Peg Board

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DIY Peg Board
Store tools vertically with a pegboard. (Set of old hammers on wood background in old workshop image by Oleg Kulakov from

Pegboards are large expanses of metal or wood covered with pre-drilled, evenly spaced small holes in which hooks are inserted. Creating your own pegboard to use in your home workshop, kitchen, office or craft room saves money and allows you to customise the pegboard to match its surroundings and your tastes.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Plywood
  • Pencil
  • Yardstick or other long, straight edge
  • Carpenter's square
  • Level
  • Paint
  • Paint tray
  • Roller
  • Pegboard hooks

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  1. 1

    Measure the area where you plan to hang the finished pegboard, noting your desired dimensions. Cut your plywood to those dimensions.

  2. 2

    Using your flat, straight edge and your tape measure, draw a line across the top of your plywood, marking each inch. Use the carpenter's square to draw lines perpendicular to the top line, down from each 1-inch mark. Draw a grid across the face of your plywood, using the lines you drew guides and filling the open space on the face of the plywood with 1-inch by 1-inch boxes.

  3. 3

    Check your work with the level.

  4. 4

    Drill .25-inch holes on each intersection of lines, filling the board with evenly spaced holes that are 1-inch apart.

  5. 5

    Paint the board to hide your pencil lines and complete the process.

Tips and warnings

  • These instructions use plywood, but altering it for use with metal requires only switching to the appropriate bit on your drill.

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