I wanted to put a pegboard behind my studio door to hold audio cables and headphones, but I didn't want to have look at an ugly sheet of pegboard all the time. What is a boy to do? Well, this boy went ahead and laser cut his own pegboard out of acrylic and painted on a really awesome graphic. This makes the whole thing much more suitable to hang on my wall. Why settle for just a pegboard when you can also have a work of art?
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Step 1: Go Get Stuff
Step 2: Laser Cut, Laser Cut, Laser Cut
Download the file below.
First raster cut the woman with the following settings
Next raster cut the background layer with the following settings:
Lastly, cut out all the vector lines with the following settings:
Step 3: Easy Painting
Painting in the etched area of the woman with black paint and etched area in the background with red and black paint as pictured.
This may require laying down two coats of paint so the white does not show through.
Step 4: Prep for More Painting
Peel away the protect covering from the front of the peg board. With a fine grained sand paper, sand around the inside of the woman's outline. Be careful not to send any of the black areas you just painted.
Step 5: Hard Painting
Paint the woman purple as pictured. Keep laying down layers of paint until it appears uniform.
Touch up any mistakes with red or black paint. I found I had to go over a lot of the outline again with black paint using a fine tipped brush (perhaps that's just me).
Step 6: Edges
For a nice touch, wrap the painting around the edge to the side of the acrylic.
Step 7: More Laser Cutting
Cut out the two brackets from the 1/4" acrylic using the following file attached below.
The setting I used were:
Step 8: Bend the Metal
Clamp your metal rods between to sheets of stiff metal and make two bends to form indentical "u" shapes on both rods. The base of the "u" should be just wider than your door frame, which in my case was around 1-1/2".
Step 9: Clamp
Peel off the protective cover from the back side of the pegboard.
Sandwich the acrylic brackets between the rod and the pegboard. Line up the holes and the rods so that they match on both sides. Insert the barrel through from the bottom and the cap through from the top. Hammer it fastened shut. Repeat this with all the bolt holes.
Step 10: Hang and Use
Hang the board over your door, insert the pegs and put it to use.