That’s all it took.
I’ve been getting more and more annoyed by the need to constantly shift things out of the way when I want to use the entire top of my cutting table. I pinned elaborate storage concepts on my Pinterest ‘Sewing Room’ board for inspiration, I tried finding homes for everything, but it was all a bit haphazard. The last straw came last week, with the self-inflicted black eye. One more example of what I call ‘the blind animosity of inanimate objects’. Something had to be done.
I looked at pegboard sheets in Bunnings, our Australian DIY superstore. I was aghast at the cost of what was basically a large sheet of masonite with a lot of little holes drilled in it. I could, I thought, do better than that. And I have. Here is the result:
In case you are tempted to whip up something similar yourself, here’s the shopping list:
1 x sheet of 6mm MDF, 120 x 60cm (or ¼” MDF, a 48″ x 24″ sheet)
1 x 120cm length of 6mm dowel (or 48″ of ¼” dowel)
2 x 120cm lengths of 1cm batten (or 2 x 48″ of ½” batten)
6 x 20mm (7/8″) wood screws
Total price: approximately $12. (I already had the screws and batten)
And here are the tools you’ll need:
1 x 6mm (¼”) drill bit, plus one smaller one to fit your screws, and screw-head to fit screws
Jigsaw or tenon handsaw
Spirit level and pencil
Lay the sheet of MDF flat on a table. Arrange on it the tools you want to hang there, and mark with the pencil the location of the holes they’ll hang from. Either take a photo to refer to later, or draw lightly around the item to remind you of what goes where. NB: Hang the heavier items at the edges, near the mounting screws, to prevent bowing of the MDF.
Next, locate the studs in your wall (if timber and plaster-board/ gyproc), since this is where you’ll need to drive in the mounting screws. If your wall is brick or block-work, just choose three equidistant screw locations, and you’ll need to add wall plugs/anchors to your shopping list. Mark the locations of the studs and translate the spacing onto your MDF sheet. Place the battens behind the top and bottom edge of the sheet, and drill through both sheet and batten using the screw-sized drill bit. Drive in the screws from the front till the tips just come through the batten at the back. Determine how high you want the pegboard to hang. Mine’s on the other side of my cutting table, and I can only reach a height of 71cm (28″) above that, so that’s how high I hung it. Mark the top edge, check it’s level. If you are fixing to a brick or block-work wall, now is the time to drill the holes to receive the screws and place the wall plugs/anchors.
Take the larger drill bit, and drill holes through the MDF sheet in the marked locations where you want pegs to hang things on. Mark 5cm (2″) lengths along the 6mm (¼”) dowel, and cut through with the jig- or tenon-saw. Now it’s time to hang the sheet. This is the only part where you need 2 people. Get someone to hold the whole thing straight and flat against the wall while you drive in the screws. It’s not heavy, so a large child will do in a pinch (I held it up while the Husband of Chiconia did the drilling). They can now go back to whatever they were doing while you finish it off.
You could go all Homes & Gardens and paint it. I’m not bothering. You’ll see there’s a couple of baskets there. Two pegs for each, through the mesh on the side, and a couple of rubber bands stretched tightly between the pegs hold the baskets in place. High tech, eh? I’ve also used the rubber band solution to hold my folding LED work light up there, so I get better lighting when I’m cutting at night. I’m rapt with the result.
And yes, it all took just an hour.