REMAKING A CLUTTERED WORK AREA INTO A SHOWPIECE WITH DIAMOND-PLATE PEGBOARD, A HEAVY-DUTY WORKBENCH AND ROLLING TOOL STORAGE.
By Joseph Truini
1 – The pegboard forms its own guide for boring into the substrate. Simply drill through peg holes to fasten the board. Use a carbide-tip masonry bit and hammer drill to bore into concrete block or solid concrete. Use an ordinary wood-boring bit and drywall screws to attach to drywall and wood framing.
2 – A PegBoard MX panel is tray-shaped. It has a cavity behind it to allow space for the hooked tool holders that fit through the peg holes. To ensure a consistent cavity behind each panel, it comes with a package of peel-and-stick spacers that should be attached to the panel’s back before it’s installed.
3 – With pilot holes bored and spacers installed, drive attachment screws into substrate. Use masonry screws such as Tapcons to install the panels to concrete block or solid concrete. Use drywall screws for drywall and wood framing.
4 – Cut the pegboard around any surface-mounted electrical boxes. If you’re installing the pegboard over existing surface-mounted electrical boxes, switches or plastic-covered cable, replace them with metal conduit and boxes. Conduit and metal boxes provide maximum protection to electrical wiring and devices located in work areas.
5 – After pipe fittings are painted, spin the parts together by hand, and then tighten them up with a pair of pipe wrenches turned in opposite directions.
6 - Use floor flanges on the threaded vertical sections of the leg assembly to form the foot at the base and the attachment point for the bench top. Turn the flange onto the vertical sections, stopping only once the threaded portion of pipe is fully engaged in the flange and is snug.
7 – The H-shaped lag assembly is fastened to the bench top by driving screws through the attachment holes in the rim of the floor flange. Use a 5/32 in. bit and bore 1 in. deep pilot holes into the top. Then drive in 1 ¼ in No. 12 wood screws.
8 – A fir plywood backsplash/tool shelf improves the usefulness of the bench. This is nothing more than an L-shaped assembly with decorative sawn brackets. Once the shelf is assembled, bore 5/32 in dia pilot holes through it and into the bench top. Next, fasten the shelf to the top with 1 5/8 in. drywall screws.
9 – The crowning touch of the new work area is serious tool storage. Two rolling Craftsman tool chests (model 59299) are stationed beneath the bench; each has a 600-pound capacity.