Project Overview

This pegboard shelf is a great project to help you declutter your home office or study desk. It’s easy to make, looks great and the pegs and shelves can be moved around to give it a different look to suit your needs. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to drill to a certain depth

If you want to match the length of a fixing or avoid drilling through to the other side, here’s an easy way to get the hole depth right every time. Take your fixing and line it up with your drill bit. Wrap masking tape around the bit to mark the length of the fixing. Then drill until your masking tape marker is flush with the surface.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Pre-cut the timber to size
2 Mark for the drill holes
3 Drill the holes
4 Measure, mark and cut the dowel
5 Cut the shelves
6 Sand the timber
7 Insert the pegs
8 Job done
  • Step 1. Pre-cut the timber to size

    To make this project easier, you can have your ply project panel pre-cut to size at your local Bunnings. We had ours cut to 900mm x 600m for the backboard. We also used the offcuts for the shelves.

  • Step 2. Mark for the drill holes

    Mark out a grid on the ply for your dowel positions. We laid our grid out in 100mm squares. Then use a level to draw the lines for the grid formation. The intersecting points on the grid are where you will drill for the pegs.

  • Step 3. Drill the holes

    Clamp the ply to the workbench. Use the 19mm spade bit to drill into the intersections on the grid for your pegs. A good tip is to drill only until the spade bit pierces the other side, then turn the board over and complete the holes. This will stop the ply from getting damaged and give you a nice finish.

  • Step 4. Measure, mark and cut the dowel

    Next you’ll need to make the pegs for your board. We made our pegs 115mm long but you can make yours any size you like. Use the drop saw to cut the dowel where you’ve marked. Make sure you’re wearing your safety equipment when using the drop saw.

  • Step 5. Cut the shelves

    We made our shelves the same width as the pegs when they’re inserted into the backboard. We had two shelves that measured 600mm x 95mm and one at 450mm x 95mm. After measuring and marking your ply, clamp it to the workbench and cut it with the circular saw.

  • Step 6. Sand the timber

    Give everything a light sand to remove any rough edges. Use the orbital sander with a 120 grit pad on the backboard. Then sand the edges of the ply and dowel holes by hand with 120 grit sandpaper.

  • Step 7. Insert the pegs

    Now you can customise your pegboard by placing the pegs wherever you like. Insert the dowel for the shelves and use a hammer to tap them in. You can also add some other pegs to use as hangers. We left our pegboard natural but you can paint or stain yours to match your décor.

  • Step 8. Job done

    Now you can find a place for the pegboard shelf and insert the shelves into position. Then fill the shelves and pegs with whatever you want and you’re done. You’ve got a simple and stylish solution to help declutter your life, and the great thing is that you can change the layout of the pegboard to suit your needs.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Clamps
  • Combination square
  • Cordless drill
  • 19mm spade bit
  • Drop saw
  • Earmuffs
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Orbital sander
  • Pencil
  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • Work gloves

Materials

  • 1200mm x 600mm x 19mm ply project panel
  • 19mm pine dowel
  • 120 grit sandpaper
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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