D.I.Y. tool organiser

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Project Overview

Keep your tools ordered and accessible with our D.I.Y. pegboard tool organiser. Perfect for your next project, you’ll be thanking yourself later.

Note: We have decided to build our pegboard hallway wall to the size mentioned in the steps. Feel free to make yours to suit your needs and space!

Photo credit: Natasha Dickins and Cath Muscat.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Frame it
2 Secure your frame
3 Smooth over the edges
4 Apply your paint
5 Attach to your wall
  • Step 1. Frame it

    Cut two pine lengths to 1220mm and two to 877mm to frame behind the pegboard. Butt the short lengths against the long ones at the ends, countersink two holes in each joint. Secure with 30mm screws.
  • Step 2. Secure your frame

    Position the pegboard over the frame with the edges flush, then secure with 30mm screws, drilling into the pine through existing holes. Space the screws with three on the sides and four on the top and base.
  • Step 3. Smooth over the edges

    If the edges don’t line up, use a random orbital sander with 60-grit abrasive discs to smooth back the sides, then finish all over with 180-grit discs, removing any breakout around the screws.
  • Step 4. Apply your paint

    4. Wipe off dust with a cloth then apply two coats of paint with a mini roller, painting around the edges; leave to dry between coats. Leave to cure for a few days. Tip: using chalkboard paint lets you mark out where your tools are. 

    Tip: To clean chalkboard paint, never use water. Instead, use cola (not diet), soaking a clean cloth to rub all over the board. 
  • Step 5. Attach to your wall

    Position the frame against the wall, mark the location of corresponding wall studs along the top and use the supplied screws to attach L-shaped angle brackets inside the frame, then secure the frame to the wall.

    Tip: Adding tools can make the organiser heavy, so always secure into wall studs. To wall mount the tool organiser, secure heavy-duty L brackets into the studs, facing up. Employ a second pair of hands to rest the organiser on them while you secure and add brackets along the top and down the side.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Measuring tape and pen
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Drill with 8G countersinking and driver bits
  • Random orbital sander with 60-grit and 180-grit abrasive discs
  • Mini roller with microfibre cover and tray

Materials

  • Safety equipment
  • Cloth
  • Two 2.4m lengths 89mm x 19mm dressed pine
  • 30mm timber screws
  • 1220mm x 915mm x 4.8mm pegboard
  • Dulux Design coloured chalkboard paint in Mildura
  • 38mm angle brackets
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