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Peg Board Or Tool Cabinet/chest

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by mickeykelley, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Aug 16, 2018
    mickeykelley

    mickeykelley Well-Known Member

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    Historically I have set my garages up with pegboard and a few wood cabinet drawers. My feelings were always that I could see what I wanted AND tell if something is missing. However, the smaller hole pegboard holds the hooks, etc in pretty good, but is thin and over time any heavy items start to pull and distort the peg. But the larger hole peg board is sturdier but the damn hooks come off as I grab a tool. Iveveven tried those little plastic retaining clips but not really better. As I start to design the house and garage for our move to the mountains of CO, I'm rethinking lots of things. Including metal pegboard, magnetic strips, tool chests, etc. So I'm looking for input and experiences with other options. Especially the chest route. I know it makes the garage neater, but things are hidden in drawers so finding seems to be problematic. Way, way back in my youth when I worked as a mechanic, cabinets were great to 'secure' your tools and move around to different work areas, but I just moved towards open, on the wall approach.

    Input, please.
     
  2. Aug 16, 2018
    montanacj

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    I’ve never owned Peg board in my own shop but did work at a bike shop with 4 pits all with different color tools and pegboard and it was convenient . At this point in my life I have a bunch of tool boxes, craftsman, and an old file cabinet and shelves. I will add the file cabinet works great for liquids and bottle of stuff etc.
     
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  3. Aug 16, 2018
    Dave Deyton

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    Had the same problem with peg board. Worked well until it cracked and split. When I finished the walls in my shop, I used plywood on the walls instead of sheet rock. Now I can mount what I want on the walls. I have bought some old library cabinets and made them into bolt cabinets with dividers to keep bolts and stuff in. Still don't have it all organized as well as I want but it is getting better.

    Dave
     
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    duffer

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    That would make me extremely nervous. Drywall's over-riding purpose is that it doesn't burn and having fire starter on the wall someplace where I'm welding/grinding isn't something I'm going to do. In the shop, I have extensive 1/4 pegboard mounted over the top of drywall. Not too many tools on it-all parts. Whether or not the hooks come out in use depends a lot on where you get those. Some of the ones from McMaster-Carr are hard to get in but stay put.

    I use 1/4" pegboard for some tools like c-clamps and pipe wrenches in the garage but keep all the hand tools in chests. That pegboard is mounted on concrete.
     
  5. Aug 16, 2018
    49T&C

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    One suggestion would be to hot glue the hooks onto the pegboard when you finally get them arranged where you want them.
     
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    ITLKSEZ

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    If you do any type of welding or grinding in the area, exposed magnets will be a nightmare with shavings and dust.
     
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    Twin2

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    I am the odd man down . all 4 walls in my garage are pegboard . tons of junk hanging from them . and learned things can still hide in plain sight o_O
     
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    mickeykelley

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    Never thought of that. I'll need to process that and might experiment some with that here.
     
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    mickeykelley

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    Good point. Never thought about that.
     
  10. Aug 17, 2018
    49T&C

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    One thing you can do for the welding magnets is slip them inside a sandwich baggie and when the grinding is done. toss the baggie - and all the shavings away.
     
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    Glenn

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    I like using 1 x 2 furring strips for framing pegboard, plus maybe a couple bracing the inner part (mounting the pegboard to the framing). Mickey you do know they make larger diameter hooks for the larger pegboard, right? I've never had a problem with the larger pegboard hooks working in the larger pegboard holes. Smaller hooks definitely will fall out easily. I agree with the hold down clips being hit or miss as far as holding the hooks in place.
     
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    Focker

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    Great tip.
     
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    Glenn

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    Pegboard is obviously quite useful if you have things like hand saws, levels, squares, etc. that are too big for a drawer. Plus I have my fathers' hand saw and square he had when I was a kid hanging there. ;)
     
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    Warloch

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    I have some peg board in the garage with wood working stuff, and the other is in the gun smith/reloading area. The shop is Tool Chests. You can lay things out in drawers and use organizers to fit your desire, and its easy to see what is missing. I also like it so I can grab a tray into a tool box and it's easy to pack and go. With the boxes on wheels, I roll the chest closer to the 'work area' when needed and reduces the run around getting tools.

    Bench - covered, never can keep it cleaned off - using shipping plastic boxes with lids, label on outside for parts and some tools on shelves.
     
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    Twin2

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    I know the feeling :shrug: if you clean it off , then your . I know I put this here :whistle:for a reason
     
  16. Aug 17, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    I've got the larger ones but the problem is they don't have the lower nub that fits in the hole below the hook part like the smaller ones I got years ago. That bottom nub, or whatever it's called, locks them in. The bigger ones I got at HD/Lowes just hook in the upper hook but the bottom just swings and wobbles. And that black plastic clip is almost worthless.
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    I too run the furing strips first but any more that one horizontal (other than the edges) in the middle then invariably gets in way of where you need hooks.
     
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    Glenn

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    I misunderstood what you meant on the hooks, some of them are a pain and are only a bit above worthless. It's been hit or miss for me on the plastic clips too.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2018
    matt johnson

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    Interesting thread. I have chests and a 5 x 9 peg above the work bench. Most used and common tools on the board. All else in the chests. Having many specialty tools and not used that often are in the chests. I do like the peg board but, it seems that no one in my home besides myself can put the tools back in their place. Just put them on the work bench....Dad will put them away. Now I know how my Dad felt about his tools not being put away as found. We have 2 boys....Mom and Dad had 5 boys so one can imagine.
     
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  19. Aug 19, 2018
    mickeykelley

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    Same experience. Sometimes the wife puts them back but I finally got her own common things and said use 'YOURS'. Back in the day of dvd's I faced the same issue. I have a pretty extensive collection and no matter what I did, I found wrong movie in wrong case, empty cases, not put back in alphabetical slot it was taken from, left laying around, etc, etc, etc. Gave up and ripped them to massive server and did media servers from hacked original XBoxes. But that's another story. Kids grown and away now so both tools and disc issue mostly solved.
     
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    timgr

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    You can have peg board and cabinets. My Dad was a woodworker, and he built cabinets that covered every wall in his garage. His door of choice was inexpensive hollow-core interior doors, and he would put peg board on the interior of the cabinets, so the tools were out of sight when stored. I prefer shelves and plastic boxes, though I'm building some drawers for hardware right now. Drawers are easy to build if they do not have to be furniture - just a box with drawer slides to attach to the cabinet.
     

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