How to Make Freestanding Pegboards

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How to Make Freestanding Pegboards
When there is no place to hang your tools, improvise with pegboard. (work bench image by DBarby from

Using pegboard to hang your tools in the workshop keeps everything organised. Unfortunately, your tools are seldom close at hand. Although it is nice to know where they are, it would be more efficient having them closer to where you are working. One way to do this is to use a freestanding pegboard rack close to your workspace.

Removing the pegboard off the wall and attaching it to a stand achieves the same purpose. The added bonus is your tools are now within reach.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1-by-1-by-24-inch board, 2
  • 1-by-1-by-72-inch board, 2
  • 2-inch flat corner brace with screws, 4
  • T square
  • Screwdriver
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • 1-by-1-by-46-inch board, 2
  • 4-by-4-foot pegboard, 2
  • Hammer
  • 3/4-inch wood nails

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  1. 1

    Take one 24-inch board (the leg) and measure in 11 ½ inches from both ends and make a mark. This leaves a 1-inch section in the middle of the wood. Line up the end of a 72-inch board (the stand) so that it fits inside the 1-inch markings. Using a screwdriver, screw a 2-inch screw through the leg into the stand. Keeping the stand 90 degrees to the leg so that it forms a "T."

  2. 2

    Position a corner brace over the joint. Use the T square to get a 90-degree angle from both boards, and screw the corner brace in position. Make sure the angle stays at 90 degrees. Turn it over and do the same for the other side. Do the same thing again with the remaining 24-inch and 72-inch boards.

  3. 3

    Place the two stands on a work bench 46 inches apart. Have the legs pointing toward the floor. Slide one 46-inch board (cross support) into the gap at the top of the stands. Line it up with the top of the stands and screw it in place. Use your T square to assure a 90-degree angle. Screw the second cross support between the two stands with the bottom edge 48 inches from the top of the unit.

  4. 4

    Line up one piece of pegboard over the 4-by-4-foot frame section. Hammer one nail in each corner of the pegboard to hold it in place. Put your T square over one of the top corners and adjust the unit so the corner is square. Without moving anything, hammer a nail in the middle of each of the sides to lock it in position. Then finish nailing the pegboard to the stand and cross supports.

  5. 5

    Carefully turn the unit over and nail the other piece of pegboard to the back side of the unit. Use the same method that you used to attach the first piece of pegboard. Stand it up on the floor and start hanging your tools.

Tips and warnings

  • Use straight pieces of wood.
  • For easier mobility, install a caster 1 inch in from each end of the legs.
  • Screw the screws in straight or the wood could crack.
  • If you work in oily areas, paint the stand with clear coat or the wood will rot.

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