Introduction: Reclaimed Tool Storage (Peg Board)

About: I am just a person who enjoys making things. My primary love is woodworking but I will try most anything. I find that being creative gets me out of just about any stressful situation. I haven't really gotten …

So I have a new shop space.
This project was made from 100% reclaimed materials.

I am not a total fan of using peg board and would much rather used a wall cleat system. The problem is that we spent a bunch of money to get the place and there is not a bunch of wiggle room to buy more raw materials. Another problem is that some of my tools do not have homes yet. I am a woodworker by hobby and follow many of the popular Instructables and YouTube makers, especially the ones that offer ideas on how to do things from a limited budget.

Inspired by their wisdom and creativity I came up with this one on my own. These are double side peg board tool storage cabinets that hang on a wall and with the help of reclaimed hinges swing away from the wall.

Each panel holds 2 sheets of 2'x2' pegboard.

Step 1: Basic Box Frames

This was simple. I used reclaimed pallet wood to make 2 frames with the internal size of 2'x2'.
I used rabbet joints and glue and 2 nails for my joints. I had to use a clamp to hold one box in square with everything set up. Sometimes with reclaimed wood you just have to do what you can to make it work.

Step 2: The Peg Board

I found 2 sheets of used 2'x4' peg board. On the back with the mounting screws I found these plastic spacers. I cut each of the sheets in half to make 4 sheet at 2'x2'. The spacers are important because with peg board hardware you need some clearance to allow the hardware to pass to the back.

Step 3: Okay the Glue Has Dried

I made a few decisions as to what I needed from this design and offset the pegboard from center. I measured the plastic mounting hardware and then ripped some scrap wood to that width. This ripped width of wood will be the center of a system that is sandwiched together. I then added peg board to each side and then added another thin strip of wood to the outside edge of each side to hold the peg board in. When I mounted all the strips I used wood glue and screws.

Step 4: Time to Hang Them

The glue has dried. Everything is square(ish) and I have a bunch of reclaimed door hinges.
I used four everyday door hinges to attach the boxes to the wall. It did take me a good deal of time to level and plumb everything but in the end it was simply great.

Step 5: Time to Test Our Work

So this bag is how many of my hangable tools have been living for the past few months. I hated having to go get a simple pair of pliers from this bag. I think overall I am pleased with this idea. The inside of each cabinet is a bit deeper then the fronts and this allows me to still use the wall where they are hung. As an example the magnetic bar on the right wall that holds my plane and my quick access set of wrenches. I know there is room for improvement here and your comments are truly welcome. For now, I am just happy that I have a home for my tools on the wall rather than a bag on the floor.

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