Project 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. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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How to quickly paint without tape

When it comes to painting, often there are quick jobs that aren’t worth using masking tape for. A good alternative is to use a long, straight-edged scraper to protect the surface you don’t want paint on. Just place the scraper flush to the surface you want to protect and start painting.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut the timber
2 Measure and cut the dowel
3 Measure and mark for the dowel pegs
4 Pre-drill the holes
5 Attach the shelf to the mounting board
6 Pre-drill holes in the dowel
7 Sand the timber
8 Attach the dowel
9 Putty and paint
10 Attach to your wall
  • Step 1. Cut 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.  

  • Step 2. Measure 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.

  • Step 3. Measure 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.               
  • Step 4. Pre-drill the holes

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

  • Step 5. Attach 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.

  • Step 6. Pre-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.

  • Step 7. Sand 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.

  • Step 8. Attach 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.  

  • Step 9. Putty 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. 

  • Step 10. Attach 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.

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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