Pegboard Office Wall

Pegboard Office Wall

Create a stylish yet functional office space with this pegboard wall project.


5 col

Difficulty: Intermediate

Materials
(2) 60” x 48” x 3/4” laminated plywood
(2) 1” x 12” x 24” lumber (Shelf)
(2) 1” x 12” x 36” lumber (Shelf)
1” x 12” x 48” lumber (Shelf)
(2) True cut 2” x 2” x 96” lumber
(3) True cut 2” x 2” x 56” lumber
1” x 4” x 100” lumber
1” x 4” x 96” lumber
(2) 1” x 4” x 60 3/4” lumber
(10) 14” x 3/4” diameter wood dowels
(20) 3/4” U-caps
(10) 3/4” Copper pipe caps
Drill with a 3/4” Forstner bit and Phillips head bit
Nail gun 18-gauge with 2” brad nails
Wood glue
Small box 1/2” wood screws
Small box 3 1/2” wood screws
Stud finder
4’ Level
4’ T-square
Tape measure
Painter’s tape
Pencil
Sandpaper block – 120 fine grit
Rubber mallet
Nail set tool
Wood stain – color and finish of choice
Dry rag
Safety glasses

Instructions

DRAWING THE GRID ON THE PLYWOOD:

1. A grid will be drawn on each 60” x 48” spaced 12” apart. Use a tape measure along the 60” length and mark with a pencil every 12” for a total of 5 marks. Repeat on the opposite 60” side. Use a T-square and pencil to draw straight lines across the plywood connecting the pencil marks (See diagram below)

2. Use a tape measure along the 48” length and mark with a pencil every 12” for a total of 3 marks Repeat on the opposite 48” side. Use a T-square and pencil to draw straight lines across the plywood connecting the pencil marks and creating a grid (See diagram below)

MAKING HOLES ACROSS THE PLYWOOD:

3. Use a nail set tool to make indents at each cross point on the grid. The nail set tool will help keep the drill bit in place in the next step (See image below)

4. Using a drill with a 3/4” Forstner bit, drill a total of 15 holes, one at every cross-point on the plywood grid. (See diagram and images below)

5. Smooth off any rough edges around the holes with 120 fine-grit sandpaper

6. Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for making holes in the second 60” x 48” plywood

STAINING THE WOOD:

7. Put on gloves. Dip a dry rag into the stain and rub it back and forth over both pieces of 60” x 48” plywood until the front of the plywood is covered, including inside the holes. Repeat the staining process for each dowel and the five lumber shelves, covering them on all sides (See images below)

CAPPING THE DOWELS:

8. Decorative copper caps will be placed on one end of each dowel. They will be friction-fitted, meaning no adhesive is added. To help make the cap fit snuggly, wrap a 1/2” width piece of painter’s tape twice around one end of the dowel. Check to see if the copper cap will fit tightly on the end. If it still feels loose, wrap another round of tape around the dowel and test the cap again. Add more tape until it fits tightly on the end of the dowel. Repeat for each dowel (See images below)

ADDING DOWELS TO THE 24” AND 36” SHELVES:

9. Take a 1” x 12” x 24” lumber and measure 6” in from the 12” edge. Mark with a pencil. Measure 2” down from the 24” edge at the 6” mark. This will be the placement of the first 3/4” U-bracket. Repeat on all for corners and on all 24” and 36” shelves (See diagrams and image below)

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10. Place a dowel over two 6” pencil marks so the copper end is overhanging the 24” edge. Place a 3/4” U-bracket over the dowel at one 2” mark from Step 9. Secure the U-bracket in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1/2” wood screws (See image below)

11. Place a second 3/4” U-bracket over the dowel at the second 2” mark. Secure the U-bracket in place using a drill with a Phillips head bit and (2) 1/2” wood screws. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 to add a second dowel to the shelf (See images below)

12. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 for adding 2 dowels to all 24” and 36” shelves

ADDING DOWELS TO THE 48” SHELF:

13. Take the 1” x 12” x 48” lumber and measure 12” in from the 12” edge. Mark with a pencil. Measure 2” down from the 48” edge at the 12” mark. This will be the placement of the first 3/4” U-bracket. Repeat on all for corners (See diagram below)

14. Repeat Steps 10 and 11 for adding 2 dowels to the 48” shelf along the 12” pencil marks from Step 13

MOUNTING THE FRAME TO THE WALL:

A wood frame made out of true cut 2” x 2” lumber will be attached to the wall and the pegboard plywood will be attached over the frame. This will create a space between the plywood and the wall, allowing the shelving dowels more space to push through and stay securely in place. See diagram and below as a guide for Steps 15 to 17:

15. Use a stud finder to locate studs in the center of the wall. This will be where the center 2” x 2” x 56” lumber will be placed and the center of the pegboard wall. Use a tape measure to measure 5” from the floor up the wall along the stud line. Mark this center point with a pencil. Place the 2” x 2” x 96” horizontally along the wall at the 5” mark and centered over the pencil mark. Check with a 4” level it is straight. Secure the 2” x 2” x 96” lumber to the wall using (5) 3 1/2” wood screws

16. Place 2” x 2” x 56” lumber vertically up the wall flush with one end of the 2” x 2” x 96” lumber. Check with a level that it is straight. Secure to the wall with (4) 3½” wood screws. Repeat to add a second 2” x 2” x 56” lumber at the other end of the 2” x 2” x 96” lumber

17. Place a third 2” x 2” x 56” lumber vertically up the wall centered with the 2” x 2” x 96” lumber and over the wall stud. Check with a level that it is straight. Secure to the wall with (4) 3 1/2” wood screws

MOUNTING THE PEGBOARD TO THE WALL:

18. Put on safety glasses. Apply a line of wood glue over half the wood frame, including the center piece of lumber. Hold a 60” x 48” pegboard up to the wood frame, over the wood glue, so one side it flush with the edge of the frame and the other side is resting over half the center 2”x 2” 56” lumber. Secure the pegboard to the frame using a nail gun 18-gauge with 2” brad nails spaced every 4”-6” around all four edges

19. Repeat Step 18 to add the second 60” x 48” pegboard over the other half of the frame

ADDING THE TRIM AND SHELVES:

20. Apply a line of wood glue along the flat 96” edge of the 1” x 4” x 96” lumber and press it up underneath the bottom of the pegboards and frame. Secure in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 2” brad nails spaced every 4”-6” (See image below)

21. Apply a line of wood glue along the 56” edge of the wood frame and press a 1” x 4” x 60 3/4” lumber to it, flush with the wall. Secure in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 2” brad nails spaced every 4”-6”. Repeat Step 21 to add a second piece of 1” x 4” x 60 3/4” lumber trim to the opposite side of the frame

22. Apply a line of wood glue along the top edge of the pegboard frame. Center a 1” x 4” x 100” lumber over the top edge with the back flush with the wall. There will be a decorative 2” overhang on each end. Secure in place using a nail gun 18-gauge with 2” brad nails spaced every 4”-6”

23. Place the 5 shelves in a configuration to your liking by slotting the dowels into the pegboard wall. Use a rubber mallet to help get the dowels in all the way and make the shelves secure. Decorate the shelves (See images below)

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