I’ve recently moved into my new shop (aka 2 car garage), and I’m still pondering how best to use my wall space.
In my old garage I had a whole 4’x8’ panel wall behind my workbench, but found it difficult to get all my tools there without making lots of custom holders and there was no storage for items too bulky for pegboard. Oh how I longed for some upper cabinets, but lamented on how that would leave me with a pitiful 20” strip of pegboard under its dark shadow. Of course I could have replaced the cabinet door panels w/ pegboard, but the thought of hammers and chisels jumping off the doors as they slammed shut didn’t appeal to me. So in the new place, I’ve installed a 72” x 84” (w x h) closetmaid closet organizer. The shear amount of cubic feet of storage is amazing considering that I can still fit my router table underneath.
But, oh pegboard, how do I miss thee. Let me count the ways…
It was so easy to just pick up a saw hanging on the wall or see where a tool should go when I’m done with it. Since I now have to rummage through a few boxes to find what I need, I just leave whatever I use out, cluttering every worksurface I have.
Clearly, some compromise must be had. I’ve decided that I must put up pegboard, but not on precious wall space. My solution… false walls (or for you HGTV nuts, faux walls). And to make this even more interesting, these walls should be mobile. I’ll make shelves with casters and hang pegboard on the backs and sides. I’ll be able to move the tools to each workstation rather than making a trip across the shop every time I need something.
Then on the sides of all my tool stands, mount even more pegboard, like here on my router table.