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Forum topic by jeffswildwood posted 03-19-2014 01:09 PM 1160 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2014 01:09 PM

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To complete a project I am working on I need to cut some pegboard. I don’t want to mess it up so I need some advice on cutting it. I think my table saw would be too aggressive and fluff the edge and thought of using my jig saw. Has anyone cut this stuff before? What is best. Also when attaching I plan on using (small) screws with tite bond II glue. Good idea? Bad idea? maybe small finishing nails. The project is a potato and onion bin with the pegboard recessed into the back and drawer bottom. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 01:27 PM

Best advice I can give you is to find another material.
The pegboard will suck in any juices that leak from the veggies that happen to go bad and will begin to stink in short order! BTDT

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 02:32 PM

Sound idea to have ventilation jeffswildwood but pegboard may not be the best choice for your project.

To answer your question first, use carpet tape to stick a backer board on the pegboard. It cuts well then with no fuzz. Press the boards only tight enough to hold. Too tight and you can pull the hard surface off the pegboard when you separate the boards. Scrap pegboard is good to have around because the holes are all evenly spaced and can be used for drilling repetitive holes for shelf pegs, etc.

With that being said, I have to agree with Dallas that this material is not the best choice for your project. Veggies do go soft and mushy – especially those on the bottom. Your proud project will be ruined and the icky pegboard will contaminate anything else you put in there. With the least amount of fluid the pegboard will be bloated and ugly.

I recommend you use well-sealed solid lumber, something like slats. You could use plywood and drill holes using the pegboard as a guide but I don’t think you could really seal the walls of the holes.

Good luck.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 08:07 PM

Thanks for the advice guys, really opened my eyes. I agree that peg board, no matter how easy to install and consistent looks it may have may not be the best choice. I have decided to use slats as recommended by thetinman and drill the holes from the peg board. PLUS save the peg board for my shop wall to hang whatever on. Looks like a win, win to me. Plus the future owner will have a bin that will last them many years without problems.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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