How to Make Your Own Peg Board

We're always trying to keep our homes clean, clear, and organized, which often means hiding items behind cupboard doors. But sometimes you need to keep useful or important things on hand! This doesn't mean you need to have cluttered or unattractive looking storage. With this oversized pegboard, you can arrange tools, artwork, and even plants.

Image Credit: Francesca Stone
Image Credit: Francesca Stone

Things You'll Need

  • Pine board

  • Ruler

  • Drill

  • 1/2-inch (15mm) wood drill bit

  • 1/2-inch (15mm) round dowel rod

  • Strip wood

  • Saw

  • Pencil

  • Fine-grit sand paper

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Step 1

Place your ruler lengthways across the pine board. Find the middle and mark a straight line with a pencil. Starting at this point, measure out 2 inches on both sides and mark again. Continue to do this until you reach around 2 inches from the edge. Don't mark off any points closer than 2 inches so you're not drilling too close to the edge.

Repeat this step around halfway down the wood board.

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Step 2

Turn your ruler vertically and line up along the first set of two marked off points. Staring from the top, measure and mark off with a cross every 2 inches halfway down the board. Move to the next set of pencil lines and repeat. Keep doing this until all the rows are complete.

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Step 3

Now you're going to drill holes on all the crosses, not on the straight line down the middle — just ignore or rub that out at this point. The best place to drill is using a wood work bench, but if you don't have one, place the wood on two piles of bricks with the space underneath the area you plan on drilling open and free of any objects.

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Step 4

Once all the holes are drilled, sand them smooth with fine-grit sandpaper.

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Step 5

Make the pegs by measuring and marking off the dowel at 3-inch increments. Use the saw to cut the wood into pegs.

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Step 6

Sand the edges smooth.

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Image Credit: Francesca Stone

Step 7

Mark the size of the shelf using the width of the wood. Cut and sand the edges.

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Use the pegs to keep the shelf level across peg board. Use the rest of the pegs to hang plants, jewelry, and tools to keep them organized.

Image Credit: Francesca Stone
Image Credit: Francesca Stone
Image Credit: Francesca Stone
Image Credit: Francesca Stone