How to Design Your Own Workbench Pegboard

What You'll Need
3/4 -inch particleboard or MDF
Table saw or circular saw
Tape measure
Power drill
1/4 -inch drill bit
Utility knife
2-inch fiberboard screws
Stud finder

One of the best ways to maximize space in your home workshop as well as keep all of your small tools organized is to build and install a workbench pegboard. Using some kind of wood-based composite such as particleboard or MDF, you can cut the pegboard to custom size, drill holes into its face and mount it to exposed studs or some other structural element. Once up, the pegboard will hold all of your handheld tools. With pegs, everything from screwdrivers to wrenches, squares, hammers and numerous other tools will be stored conveniently out of the way. 

Step 1: Take Measurements for Pegboard Placement

In your workshop, most likely above your workbench, take measurements for where the pegboard will be located. Take into consideration any fixtures such as pipes, light or junction boxes or anything else that cannot be moved. Your workbench pegboard does not necessarily have to be a perfect rectangle. Due to space limitations, it may have several wings. Don’t make any one strip of pegboard so narrow that it precludes hanging tools. The minimum width should be 6 inches. 

Step 2: Cut Fiberboard to Fit

With the measurements taken, measure and mark on the fiberboard the same dimensions. To cut the fiberboard without chipping the edges, hold the straightedge along the drawn line for the cut and run the utility knife. Score as deeply as you can into the face then cut using either a table saw or circular saw. 

Step 3: Make the Grid

With the pieces for the pegboard cut, the next step will be to mark the grid over the entire face of each piece. Stretch the tape measure across the face near the edge and make hash marks every 1 inch. Do the same thing down the perpendicular side. With your straightedge, extend these marks across the face from both directions until each piece is covered in a grid.

Step 4: Drill Holes

At each intersection point you will drill a ¼-inch hole. Clamp the piece to the workbench and start drilling. Don’t drill all the way through the fiberboard, though. Repeat the drilling process for each piece of pegboard.

Step 5: Hang the Pegboard

If drywall conceals the studs, locate them before hanging the pegboard with a stud finder. Assuming the studs are visible, pre drill pilot holes through the pegboard (in between peg holes) at each point of contact with the stud. Preset 2-inch fiberboard screws into each of these holes. Holding the board level and steady, set the screws into the studs until each piece is securely hung. For larger pieces of pegboard, be sure you use at least 8 screws. 

With the pegboard in place, you can now begin to make ¼-inch pegs to insert into the pegboard and hang the small tools of your shop. As an alternative to mounting the pegboard into the studs, find a suitable metal bracket that will fasten to the wall and support the weight of the pegboard.