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Overview

Great for hanging your coats and bags or displaying items, we’ll show you how easy it is to make this handy wooden peg rail shelf.

Steps

1Cut the timber

You can have the timber pre-cut at your local Bunnings store. We cut two pieces of Tasmanian oak (90mm x 19mm) for the shelf and mounting board, and had our 35mm x 2.4m Tasmanian Oak dowel cut into 5 x 100mm pegs.  

2Measure and cut the dowel

Take the length of dowel and cut one end at 90 degrees with a mitre saw. Re-set the saw to 10 degrees. Measure and mark the dowel to 100mm and make the cut. Repeat this process for each of your pegs.

3Measure and mark for the dowel pegs

Measure and mark the positions for the pegs on the back of the mounting board. We placed ours 150mm in from each end, 20mm up from the bottom and equal distance apart.               

4Pre-drill the holes

Use a 3mm drill and countersink bit to pre-drill the holes for screws to secure the dowel.

5Attach the shelf to the mounting board

When attaching the mounting board, position the countersunk holes to the back. Make sure the edges are square, then apply glue to one edge and secure using a fixing gun. Fix one end, then repeat the process at the other end. Wipe away any excess glue as you go.

6Pre-drill holes in the dowel

Clamp a dowel peg securely to your work bench, with the angled end facing out. Use a 2mm bit to drill about 20mm into the centre of the peg, then repeat for each peg.

7Sand the timber

Sand back the shelf and dowel pegs using an orbital sander, with 120 grit pads. Then hand sand the pegs using 180 grit sandpaper for a nice, smooth finish.

8Attach the dowel

Drill the 40mm screw until it pokes through the backing board. Apply some glue to the dowel. Then align the hole in the dowel with the screw and fix it off. Repeat the process for all dowel pegs. Once screwed in, twist each dowel so that it faces upward.  

9Putty and paint

Once all your pegs are in place, fill any holes with putty, leave to dry and lightly sand. You can then give the shelf a coat of paint to match your décor. 

10Attach to your wall

When the paint has dried, attach the shelf to the wall using the appropriate fixings. Now you can hang your bags, hats and scarves on the dowel and put your favourite things on display.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. 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.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.