Tip: Pegboard standoff spacers on the cheap.

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Charles
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Mounting spacers for pegboard are expensive, just for little hunks of plastic. I just checked Amazon and saw $9.99 for a dozen and $17.99 for 24 sets with washers and screws. You could do the furring strips as standoffs thing, but that renders a lot of the holes in the pegboard useless.

I recently had occasion to revive a trick I figured out when I set up my current shop: For just $2-$3, a grey PEX riser line makes for perfect spacers with just a simple little jig to cut them to length. You can get over 50 half-inch spacers out of a 30-inch line. I had seen a similar jig for cutting dowels into plugs and just adapted the idea.

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Cheers,
Charles
 
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NOTW

Notw
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I did the same as Dennis, works great. Although i really wish there was a Menard closer, they have woodgrain pegboard....fancy
 

gritz

Robert
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Mounting spacers for pegboard are expensive, just for little hunks of plastic. I just checked Amazon and saw $9.99 for a dozen and $17.99 for 24 sets with washers and screws. You could do the furring strips as standoffs thing, but that renders a lot of the holes in the pegboard useless.

I recently had occasion to revive a trick I figured out when I set up my current shop: For just $2-$3, a grey PEX riser line makes for perfect spacers with just a simple little jig to cut them to length. You can get over 50 half-inch spacers out of a 30-inch line. I had seen a similar jig for cutting dowels into plugs and just adapted the idea.

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Cheers,
Charles
I did a similar thing with scrap copper pipe. I marked the board front and back for ease of locating the holes. I hung the board with a chain on one end and it was pretty easy to work across a full sheet of pegboard one vertical line at a time. I left the screws loose and tightened them up across the whole span after all were set. My wingspan is over 6 feet, so YMMV.
 

cpw

Charles
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How do you hold them in place while you screw the board to the wall?
For the first few along the edges I just put them over the end of the screw and trap it against the wall. For some of the hard to reach areas I just cut a notch in the end of a long piece of thin stock and slide it up from the bottom until it's in position then put the screw tip through.
 

Gotcha6

Dennis
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For the first few along the edges I just put them over the end of the screw and trap it against the wall. For some of the hard to reach areas I just cut a notch in the end of a long piece of thin stock and slide it up from the bottom until it's in position then put the screw tip through.
I suppose one could also use or make dowels that could be counterbored and hot glued into place.
As for pegboard, I was fortunate enough to be in a Lowe's one day when they were discontinuing the 'metallic' pegboard at ~$6/board. Got all I thought I would need.
 
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