Peg board or cabinets - Which are more efficient

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04-11-2016 12:44 PM

I currently have peg board behind one of my workbenches – this bench is a total mess. It’s my junk drawer of benches.

I have a separate bench that I use for working/layout/gluing etc.

I’ve been looking at a lot of shop layouts lately and wondering if building wall cabinets might not be a more efficient way of storing m tools and stuff?

Would I save space or create more storage area doing this or is it 6 of one half dozen of the other?


Thanks in advance as always

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#1 posted 04-11-2016 12:57 PM

I use peg board behind 4 of my 5 benches. The last one has shelves above it, it is more of a table for the radial arm saw stock. I like the peg board because you can see the tools and you don have have to have room to open the doors. My dad’s shop has a two door cabinet on the wall, it holds more tools, but it is always open so you can see where they are.

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#2 posted 04-11-2016 01:06 PM

I think cabinets would be more efficient for storing less often used tools if the doors are mostly kept closed, especially if the doors allow multiple layers of storage. The cabinet would keep dust from settling on the tools/shelves which saves on clean-up.

For tools you use a lot, I think “open” storage whether peg board, french cleats, slat walls, etc. is more efficient. My thoughts are if you use the tool enough that you leave cabinet open all the time, why have it in a cabinet.

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 01:10 PM

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 04:25 PM

I concur with Rentvent. Why not both?

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#5 posted 04-11-2016 04:48 PM

Cabinets are better for storing more things. Pegboard can only hold one layer of stuff, unless it’s done on the doors of cabinets.

Pegboard is more efficient for easy access to tools. No opening/closing drawers/doors at all. One look lets you know if something is in the right spot or not.

Pick your poison.

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#6 posted 04-11-2016 05:01 PM

I have peg board and upper shelves, 2 roll around cabs. a few boxes.
The board system allow easy access, shelves are high for space saving on tooling that does not get used every day.
Just my way of working.


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#7 posted 04-11-2016 08:34 PM

Thanks all for the responses – good thoughts all around

Yah, I like the “Both” option best as well – thanks for the links

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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