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    Ode to Peg Board

    Pegboard seems to have a bad image for some. Maybe they see the rickety or warped panels with the pegs falling out that some folks use as organizers. Maybe some were hit on the head by the errant 5lb sledge hanging from the spindly 1/8" hook too high overhead .

    At any rate I cleared an area of wall and am thinking about adding some sort of organizer there as it is a few steps from the bench. This pegboard came to mind but, I instinctively resist:

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    I've tried peg blocks with dowels that can be moved but they seem to end up like this:

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    Maybe it is because this wall never got fully cleared off, leveled and given the cleat-wall treatment like other areas in the shop(?). Who knows.

    At any rate this made me review and remind myself that pegboard can be your friend and I thought I would re-share ways that it has served me well.

    Movable panels on my cleat-wall make for quick organization and handy placement:

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    End caps on my workbench base:

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    Attached to the base of any tool to keep accessories handy:

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    The floating panel in my router table door to allow airflow and hold accessory organizers:

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    As a slide-out panel in a saw table pier to keep things handy:

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    And it can be added almost anywhere that you thought you didn't have room for stuff; like the side of my cyclone blower housing:

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    Anyway, maybe this will shake some thoughts loose when you are looking around in your too-cramped shop for a way to store something nearby (or out of the way).
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 11-20-2010 at 04:13 PM.
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    Well Glenn, you've made me re-think the removal of all of the peg board that the previous owner hung in my shop. I do like your cleat system! Do you still add a screw or two to in the panels and cabinets to secure them to the cleat?
    Darren

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    Guess I always assumed I didn't have room for pegboard, as I don't have much empty wall space. Need to file this away for when I do my shop reorg...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Well Glenn, you've made me re-think the removal of all of the peg board that the previous owner hung in my shop. I do like your cleat system! Do you still add a screw or two to in the panels and cabinets to secure them to the cleat?
    I drill a hole that is just below the wall part of the cleat and insert a double-head nail cut to length.

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    "bad image"????
    I don't think civilized life existed before pegboard.
    I use, I like.
    Great organizing job there. Yer usin' yer noggin and space available to best advantage.
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    Well, I suppose one could call me a pegboard junkie, for sure! When I did the addition to my shop building and remodeled the old area, I used white 1/4" pegboard on the upper half of all but one wall. The lower half is lauan plywood. The plywood and the pegboard is attached directly to the wall studs on 16" centers. I use only 1/4" pb hooks - no 1/8" thingies. The white pb brightens the shop as well as giving me lots of storage.
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    Oh boy thanks Glenn you definitely organized. But one question whats the grippers doing on top of the dust collector?

    Neatnick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    But one question whats the grippers doing on top of the dust collector?
    I got my mom's long arms . When I am standing on the operator side of the tablesaw. The cyclone is just a step or two to my right . That is one of those storage spots that I found while standing on a ladder doing something else.
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    Peg board panels on the end of workbenches ???

    Why oh why didn't I ever think of that I'm desperately looking for more space to hang stuff.
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