I was thinking about using the slatwall to hang my tools instead of
pegboard. But the price is too high for me (I need only one board and
it's not worth $20-30+ shipping cost). So I'm thinking about doing
my own from 1x6 pine planks an rip them in half with a bevel cut. Then,
install them with the bevel side up on the wall.
Will this work with the normal slatwall/pegboard fixtures or should it
forget about this and go back to the pegboard?
You can buy the slatwall router bits.
I have no idea how practical this would be and what kind of router would be
Also, if you have a supplier locally for retail displays, they often have
odd peices of slatwall that they will sell for a reasonable price. Of
course, you do not have a choice of colors or finish.
Also be aware that slatwall comes in different strengths. Some of it is
actually quite strong.
Based on my googling on the wreck, quite a few people recommend against
pegboards (dust, fixtures fell off, look, etc.) and a number of people
recommend slatwalls (cleaner look, easier to rearrange by sliding,
fixtures stay better, etc.)
Right now I'm on the fence, although I'd much prefer the cleaner look
Could you share your experience (negative?) of the slatwall you've used
(other than being a lot more expensive)?
Slatwall still collects dust, hooks will still fall off too. Buy good
pegboard hooks and they will stay on well. Slatwall certainly is stronger,
but your other reasons are not valid.
I have been using pegboard for twenty years and have zero problem with hooks
Buy 1/4" pegboard. Heavy hooks with two "pegs" through the board and all
will be well. unless you need to hang some really heavy tools.
Have you shopped local lumber yards? The "real" lumber yards, not home
I bought some locally a few years back, I forget where, but I had no problem
getting it. Of course, if your closest city has dirt streets, and a guy
picking a banjo in front of the hardware store you probably are out of luck!
Norm did something similar on one of his shows on building garage
cabinets. He mounted a beveled board and then hung cabinets, shelves,
and hooks on them. Not sure about the thickness of the wood he beveled
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