Make a handy pegboard for your home!

Make a versatile pegboard to hold keys and other essential items you might need as you dash out the front door.

Your will need:

  • One 19 mm wooden dowel
  • Four 10 mm rawl bolts
  • 120-grit sandpaper
  • 54 mm hole saw
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • 10 mm spanner
  • Electric drill and 10 mm masonry bit
  • Cordless drill, 8 mm wood drill bit and 19 mm spade bit
  • One sheet of 18 mm plywood, cut to: one 820 x 660 mm (backing board), one 600 x 200 mm (shelf), one 360 x 200 mm (shelf)


Here is how you do it:

Step 1 – measure and mark

Measure and make the following marks across the length of the backing board: 80 mm, 240 mm, 400 mm, 560 mm, 720 mm. Measure and make the following marks across the width: 100 mm, 215 mm, 330 mm, 445 mm, 560 mm. Join these marks with pencil lines to form a grid.

Step 2 – drill the holes

Using the spade bit, drill holes where the lines cross. Also, drill four 8 mm holes for the rawl bolts.

Step 3 – measure and mark again

Measure and make marks at 130 mm, 245 mm and 360 mm in the middle of the 600 mm x 200 mm plank. Using the hole saw, drill a hole at each mark – these are ideal for holding small pot plants. Now sand all the planks thoroughly.

Step 4 – drill into the wall

Make marks and, using the masonry drill bit, drill holes into the wall for the rawl bolts. Place the backing board over the bolts and tighten them firmly with the spanner.

Step 5 – add the dowels

Cut the wooden dowel into eight lengths of 200 mm each and place them in the board at the desired height for your shelves.

Project notes

  • Ask your timber merchant to cut the wood to size – it will make your task so much easier.
  • Sand your timber beforehand.

The dowels can also be used as bookends.

(Article with compliments from Builders)

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