Easy Store Flip What??
I originally got the idea for this from an old Make Magazine, but I never got around to building it. Then one day while looking at the state of the toolboard down at my local hackspace, I decided to put one together. However, I didn't like the idea of using pipe rather then a hinge. One of my concerns was that tools would fall off as the pages of the board were turned. I was chatting to some of the folks that have been working on the MakerMoblie, and they mentioned that they often use elastic chord in pegboard to keep things from moving around in the bus. I decided that it would be cool to integrate the two ideas to make the Easy Store Flipboard.

Great, so what is it?
It's a storage system that mounts several sheets of pegboard on hinges so the pages can be turned like a book. It's then mounted on a wall. This is a great way to maximize storage space and to keep things organized. The one I'm building will hold tools, but you can use them to store anything, especially with the elastic chord method.

Parts (italic items are optional):

  • 2 pieces (2'x4') of 1/4" thick Peg board $15 ($7.21 each)
  • 1 set of pegboard tool holders $13.99 (I had some lying around)
  • 12 x 3" hinges $24 ($1.99 each)
  • About 70 or so wood screws around 1 1/2" depending on the thickness of your plywood
  • 36 bolts (3/4") Make sure they are sized so they fit through the holes in the hinge, but don't wobble around too much (at all ideally). I used M6 - metric!! ($0.35 each). Add another 12 if you want to make bookmarks.
  • 36 nylon locking nuts for above bolts ($0.42 each). Another 12 if you want to make bookmarks.
  • 5' or so of 2x3 or 2x4 for the risers
  • Sheet of 1/2" or 3/4" plywood. You need at least 2' x 3' if you just want to build the flip board. Or a larger piece if you want to include a shelf for drills. This is for the backboard which will mount to the wall. (free - likely because it's been underwater for a while)
  • Elastic cord. I got 20 metres of this at a fabric shop ($0.70 / metre)
  • 3 small shelf brackets if you want to build a shelf on the bottom of the pegboard ($0.70 each)
  • Some 3/4" screws to screw into the above bracket without going through the plywood
  • 1' x 1.5' 1/8" birch plywood if you want to make the bookmarks
  • Paint

Tools (italic items are optional):

  • Circular saw, hand saw, or Dremel SawMax - something to cut plywood and pegboard
  • Chop saw, hand saw, radial arm saw - some way to cut 2x4s
  • hand drill
    • a drill bit slightly larger diameter then the bolts
    • another drill bit slightly smaller diameter then the wood screws
    • A larger drill bit for staring the jigsaw if you want to cut a hole out of the backboard
    • a screw driver bit for the screws, or a good old fashioned screw driver
  • 2 bar or jaw clamps
  • Jigsaw or 80 watt laser cutter :)
  • Paintbrush
buck22171 month ago

Great idea

animeguard2 months ago

good idea, thanks

AARENAARON1 year ago

Really Cool Idea... will definitely Give It A Shot

foobear1 year ago

really great idea!

rustygray1 year ago

Great idea. I went from a huge fill shop, to a small hobby shop, down to a wall of a garage. Downsizing always seems to mean the man giving up his shop. grumble. Anyway, I was looking for a way to secure and also get to my tools in my now micro space. This is it. I will modify it a bit but this is genius. Bravo.

Slatu1 year ago

Nice project, and I like how you have the boards organized by "divide, stabilize, measure...". A fine finishing touch. My tool chest is like that, but not as spelled out.

kokpat1 year ago

I don't know why I can't buy pegboard easily (also cheap) in Hong Kong.
but I found a similar things that can use as flipboard... i.e. wire frame.

I use Nylon Ties as the hinge joint.

These wire frame and accessory can be bought in household product stores.

NEIN (author)  kokpat1 year ago

Very clever!

myrobnme21 year ago

Great looking project


debby571 year ago

Really cool idea for small spaces

bennelson1 year ago

Snap-On Tool trucks are paneled on the inside with peg-board and shock cord just like this. Ever since I saw that, I've been planning on paneling my garage with peg-board and doing the same thing.

NEIN (author) 1 year ago

Some people have asked how much weight this can hold. On the weekend, I loaded one page with 60lbs and it was fine. That's a lot of heavy tools considering the size of the pegboard! Make sure you use the 1/4" pegboard and not the 1/8" stuff.

aorin1 year ago

Hey NEIN, I'm interested in possibly posting this on Lifehacker. Could you send me a quick message so I can get in touch? Thanks! andy@lifehacker.com

Mielameri1 year ago
Friggin' awesome idea! Such a simple concept, but so useful! Very nice ible
Amazing idea!! I am definitely doing this for my tools!
Now that is one great way to utilise a small space!
gunshw3011 year ago
Great idea. Going to be doing this one!

This is fantastic! The tabs make it super useful, too. :D

NEIN (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

Thanks! If you don't have a laser cutter kicking around, you could always just jigsaw/drill them. It might be cool to paint them with whiteboard paint?

NEIN (author)  NEIN1 year ago

...or just join your local hackspace!