DIY Holding Pegs in a Pegboard


Holding pegs usually come with a pegboard kit or in bulk bags at home improvement and hardware stores. Unfortunately, the prices for pegboard pegs can vary, some kits costing up to $20 or individual hooks at almost 30 cents apiece, which is not too bad unless you have many items to store. There are less expensive ways to make your own holding pegs. Regular household items can double as holding pegs for pegboards.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wooden dowel rods
  • Miter saw or hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • 2-gauge wire rods
  • Bolt cutter or metal saw
  • Duck-billed pliers or a wire jig

Wooden Pegs

  • Measure the holes in the pegboard with a tape measure. Most pegboards have holes with diameters of a half to three-quarters of an inch.

  • Purchase dowel rods with the same diameter as your holes. Dowel rods come in a variety of sizes and it saves time and money to take your measurements with you to purchase rods.

  • Measure and mark every three inches on a dowel rod. Pegs that are three inches can support a variety of tools and will not snap under the weight like longer ones. If a longer peg is required, simply cut the dowel rod as you need it.

  • Using a miter saw or hacksaw, cut the dowel rod according to your marks. Now you should have a collection of dowel rod pegs.

  • Using sandpaper, smooth the cut ends of the dowel rod pegs. Push the ends of the dowel rod pegs into the pegboard. To increase stability, run a dab of wood glue around the wooden peg and the pegboard hole. This is a permanent solution, however, and is not ideal for frequently changed pegboard layouts.

Metal Pegs

  • Measure the diameter of the pegboard holes. Generally, you can use 2-gauge wire rods for quarter-inch pegboard holes. Ask a salesperson for assistance if necessary. You can also use wire coat hangers for holding pegs.

  • Measure and mark a wire rod every three inches. You will be bending the wire rod to create S-hooks. You can make longer hooks depending on your needs. Use a bolt cutter or metal saw to cut the wire rod into pegs.

  • Bend the wire rod pegs using one of the two methods: Use duck-billed pliers, which are flat. Grasp the rod where you wish to create the angel and bend the wire. Another method is to purchase a wire jig or wire bender. Insert the wire pegs into the jig and bend at the desired angle.

  • Slip one end of the bent wire peg into the pegboard, using the angle to support the wire rod peg and the other bent end to hold pegboard items.

Tips & Warnings

  • Depending on what your pegboard will hold, you might get away with using other ideas. On magnetic pegboards, you can hold papers with magnets. Use decorative knobs or handles to hold items. Secure them in place by screwing wide-head screws through the back of the pegboard and into the screw hole on the knob.
  • Keep your hands away from the saw blades while cutting wooden dowel rods. Do not use circular saws or table saws, which can grab the dowels and move them around, putting your hands at risk.

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