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If you don't have room for a workshop and you enjoy sitting on you Pacman Foot Stool (thanks allesflex) in front of your awesome HD projector making, making, making all day long then this instructable is for you.

This is my portable workstation. My aim was to build a well equipped micro workshop that is quick and easy to assemble and takes  up very little room when stored.
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Step 1: Pegboard

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  • Figure out how large you want your pegboard to be and cut some 3/16” (5mm) pegboard to size.
  • This can be cut with a saw or it can be scored on both sides and snapped along the score line. Use a plane or a sanding block to tidy the edge.
  • Stitch the pieces together with paracord, string or leather shoelaces

Step 2: Layout

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  • Lay the board flat and layout your tools to gain a rough idea of where they will go. Rather than pegs, use bolts with a nylock nut on either side of the board .
  • The bolts are very strong and they won't move.

Step 3: Tool Tray

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  • Cut some more pegboard to make four sides of the tray.
  • Use hot glue to hold the box in place while you stitch it together as tight as possible.
  • I added some skewers in the corners to tighten the assembly. The leather will stretch over time so i will add more skewers as needed.

Step 4: Magnetic Strip

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  • To make the magnetic strip take a strip of pegboard, wood, cardboard or plastic and drill a hole large enough to fit the magnet.
  • Glue the magnet in place with super glue and add a layer of electrical tape to protect the brittle magnets.

Step 5: Handle

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Thread some more leather lace through a tube and tie it to the top to make a handle. Aluminum, copper or even plastic pvc tubing works great.

The magnets from the magnetic strip on the other side are strong enough to hold some spare hack saw blades too :)

Step 6: Tool Attachments

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Most of the tools are attached using the bolts or magnets but there are many ways to hold the tools.
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english tea (author)  deleted_account11 months ago

Thank you!

srilyk11 months ago

zip ties might also be useful for joining the pegboards

MaryJaneOK11 months ago
What I've been looking for to carry carving tools, gardening tools and art supplies. The fact that I get to make itself is even better. I am a 65 y/o woman and still prefer to "do it myself"
sassyrose11 months ago

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful, well thought out and beautifully presented. I'll be looking for more from you.

dropkick11 months ago

Great idea! I'm going to make one for myself as soon as I can scrounge the peg board.


aesmeralda11 months ago
Great idea!
Keep it coming.
gena286711 months ago
Awesome! How much do you think it weighs when loaded? Do you think piano hinges would work instead of the lacing? Great ideas, I was looking for something for my workshop closet. Thanks for posting!
english tea (author)  gena286711 months ago

It weighs around 18 lbs. It is very manageable and I am considering making use of the outside as well. This would increase the weight.

A piano hinge would work but I would probably use small nuts and bolts rather than screws to attach it. Pegboard is relatively weak and screw might pull out.

Charlie Alpha11 months ago

Heat shrink over the bolts would also add protection for your tools from being scratched by the threads.

english tea (author)  Charlie Alpha11 months ago

Great suggestion Charlie Alpha. Thank you. Check it out!

rickdf11 months ago

Super idea. I need something like this because I too hate running up and down the stairs for stuff when I forget it while working on a project. Thanks!

vincent752011 months ago

The "keep it simple buster !" motto brought to its highest !!!…

Great !

bonymorales11 months ago
It's a great ides, thanks for you idea
english tea (author)  bonymorales11 months ago

Thank you. I'm very happy with it. I have been using it for a couple of weeks and iv thought of more additions. I will post an update soon.

shannonlove11 months ago

Inspired, but having made something like this, I can say that the bolts will move overtime.

The threads on the bolts will abrade the sides of the hole giving the bolts room to wiggle. The more they wiggle, the more they abrade and so on. You can significantly retard the process by using large washers both front and back.

Threadlock is also a good idea.

english tea (author)  shannonlove11 months ago

I turned the nylock nuts so that the domed section locates the bolt centered in the hole. The threads don’t come into contact with the pegboard only the round face of the domed nut.

Those nylock nuts are as good as thread lock for keeping the nut on plus I can take them off and move them without adding more thread lock. Iv been using this for 3 months with no abrasions or loosening.

You make an interesting point though. When using plain bolts a washer and perhaps a lock washer might be needed.

Ah, good idea. I missed that you used the nylock nuts.
Jobar00711 months ago

Instead of electrical tape (which can get sticky) for the magnets, go with heat shrink. That's what I thought it was on initial view of the magnet step.

Kaag Jobar00711 months ago
be careful with the heat though, magnets lose their strength when heated.
Jobar007 Kaag11 months ago

True, but with the relatively low temperatures, you should see about 2/3rds retention of magnetisation. The lowest Curie Temperature (temperature at which all magnetism is lost) I can find for NIB magnets is 310 C (590 F). Most heat shrink has maximum shrinkage at 120 C (248 F) but starts much sooner at 70 C (158 F).

That being said, only do as much as needed and heat it slowly.

english tea (author)  Jobar00711 months ago

Great idea! I'll do that

hhgs11 months ago
you are very clever, it's great idea
Lectric Wizard11 months ago

Some very interesting ways to use pegboard ! Thanks for sharing ...