This week I’m sharing a fun and easy project. I’ve been working from home over the past few months and my current makeshift office is also a guest bedroom and the room that I keep my Peloton bike and various other workout supplies. I’m getting really sick of looking at the mess of workout gear on the floor in front of my bike so weekend I decided to do something about it. I’ve always wanted to make a DIY pegboard and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Here is the before picture showing the pile of yoga gear, cycling shoes, foam roller and weights.
How to make a DIY Pegboard
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(1) 24″ x 48″ sheet of hardwood plywood
(2) 1″ diameter x 48″ dowels
(1) 1×6 x 8′ board
(1) 24″ x 24″ sheet of hardwood plywood
Drill Press or Drill
1″ Forstner Bit
Table saw or circular saw
Step 1 – Mark for the holes.
Use a tape measure, pencil and t-square to mark where you will be drilling the holes.
I didn’t want to drill any more holes than I needed so I designed it with only 4 across and 7 down. The marks below show the dimensions to the center line of the circles/holes. Each hole is 1″ in diameter to match the diameter of the dowel.
*Note that these dimensions are for a true 24″ x 48″ piece of plywood. Be sure to measure your board and make adjustments as needed if it is larger or smaller.
Step 2 – Drill holes
To drill the holes I used a hand drill and a 1″ forstener bit. I didn’t want to go all the way through the plywood so I placed a piece of tape on my bit that was 1/2″ up so that I knew when to stop drilling.
It’s important that your holes are straight (90 degrees). If they aren’t your dowels may not fit properly or may be crooked when you install them. There are a number of ways to ensure that you drill straight. A drillpress helps but with a large piece like this it is difficult to maneuver on a small drillrpess. A CNC would be awesome too but they are very expensive. A less expensive alternative is to use a drill guide. You can purchase one or even make a simple jig out of scrap wood. Here are two that I’ve seen other woodworkers use: Milescraft Drill Guide or JIG IT Drill Guide. If you want to make your own just google how to drill straight holes without a drill press and you’ll find a bunch of tutorials.
If you’re holes aren’t 100% perfect don’t worry. There are tricks to getting a tight fit with your dowels. On one of mine that was wiggling a bit I wrapped painters tape around the base of the dowel and then pushed it into the hole and it fit perfectly tight.
Step 3 – Cut the dowels to length
Since the holes are inset 1/2″ and the shelves are 1×6 boards (which are actually 5.5″ wide) I cut my dowels to 6″ so that they would be flush with the front of the shelves. The number of dowels will depend on how you organize your pegboard. For my design I needed (9) of the 6″ pegs. I also cut (4) at 3.5″ for the shoes to hang from at the bottom. Sorry for all of the clutter in this picture. My miter saw is going to be in the basement until we finish the remodel.
Step 4 – Cut shelves to length
The length of the shelves will depend on where you put them. For my design I had a small 11″ shelf in the top right and a 24″ shelf below that. I cut them with my miter saw.
Step 5 – Finish as desired
There are endless options for finishing this pegboard. You could even just leave it bare wood if you want. For my finishes I choose the following:
First I applied Edge banding to the sides of the plywood. This is what it looked like before the edge banding.
I like to wrap wax paper around the edge to hold the edge banding perfectly in place and then I just used my iron to attach it.
And this is what it looks like after the edge banding is on. It’s easier to paint and looks cleaner with it.
For the paint I applied 3 coats of Varathane Cobalt Cannon. I applied it with a foam roller and didn’t use much pressure when rolling so that the paint didn’t get into the holes that I drilled. I didn’t need much paint so I just got one of those cheap sample sizes from Lowes for under $4.
I left the dowels and shelves unfinished but sanded them lightly with 400 grit sand paper. Be sure not to sand the dowels too much because you want them to fit tightly into the holes.
Step 6 (Optional) – Make the weekly calendar
If you want to make a weekly calendar like mine here is what I did.
First, I cut a scrap piece of 3/4″ plywood that I had to 12″ wide and 14″ tall.
Then I marked where the holes in the pegboard would align with the calendar and used my 1″ forstener bit to drill 1/2″ deep holes into the back of the calendar. I then cut two pieces of the 1″ dowel to 3/4″ and then inserted them into the holes in the back of the calendar.
For the finish I chose to apply edge banding to the unfinished edges of the plywood.
I had some leftover chalkboard vinyl from another project that I cut for the face of the calendar. Then I designed and cut the days of the week using my Silhouette Cameo and white vinyl.
Here are the little dowels sticking out of the back.
You just align it with the holes push it into place.
Step 8 – Hang the DIY Pegboard
To hang my pegboard I used an 18″ Hangman french cleat. These things are super easy to use and they hold a ton of weight. I also love that they are totally fool proof with a built in level so you are guaranteed to hang it level on the first try.
Here is what the cleat looks like in on the wall. See the built in level…super cool huh!?
This is the part that goes on the back of the piece that you are hanging. You just align it with the top of your piece. Then drop it into the cleat on the wall and you’re good to go. The 18″ Hangman french cleat that I used can hold up to 200 lbs which is way more weight than this pegboard will ever see.
And here it is on the wall with all of my workout gear. I’m so happy to have this stuff off of the floor! The dowels fit very tight. I actually had to use a rubber mallet to push them in all the way. I took the pegboard off the wall so that I didn’t damage the wall when I was pounding them in.
Next time I’m at the hardware store I’m going to pick up another 1×6 to cut new shelves. The scrap piece that I had was really warped and it bugs me too much not to fix it.
Here is a closer look at the pegs for the shoes. I made them shorter so that the shoes didn’t stick out too far when hanging.
And here is a final picture with Abby because she clearly wanted to be part of this post.
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Ok, now I’m off to eat some dinner and then get a quick workout in before bed. I need something to write in the Sunday slot!
Wow, really amazing and so great looking! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!
Hi, great project, I’m going to make one myself! How did you secure the shelf to the dowel? It seems pretty unstable without the shelves just floating!
Thank you Denise. I didn’t secure the shelf. It’s just sitting there. It’s surprisingly more stable than you would think. I’m careful when I take things off or put them on not to shift the shelf out of place.
That’s brilliant. Such a clever solution. This will be one of the features at Handmade Monday when it goes live tomorrow. 🙂
This is such a neat idea!
Hi Hannah – bought the wood today (UK) and going to give this a go as my wife loves it ( She is a tidy freak) Will let you know how it goes. thanks for posting as it is the best we have seen so far. Safe 2021.
Awesome! She will love it. I’m a tidy freak too. Happy New Year!
Hannah, my wife has told me I will build this now that our home gym is growing! 😁