Redoing my shop. I currently have a small section of pegboard that I
want to expand. I'm leaning towards sticking with pegboard, but
slatwall as a couple of advantages:
- Looks better when painted. Besides the pure asthetic value (and
that is a bit important to me) it will reflect more light around the
room (good for my aging eyes). I could also do numerous walls in it
which would allow placing stuff in number of places perm or temp.
- Stronger. Big plus for locating shelving or other heavy stuff.
Pegboard seems more versital though (heights ever 1" instead of every
3") and is certainly less expensive. Wouldn't want to cover much
surface though since it's either dark or looks really bad when painted
(unless you do a camo type thing to hide the holes).
I absolutely despise pegboard. frickin' hooks falling off, pulling
through... I tried the little plastic keeper-thingies and tape.. tore it
Slatwall accessories are quite pricey. Indeed can be painted...even
laminated. In fact, some slatwall accepts strips of laminate to slide in
and can look worthy of a Dunhill cigar store.
Most of my stuff hangs on magnetic bars or velcro.
Tried the "slatwall" approach in the early 60's after receiving a "handout"
for shop ideas from the local SEARS store. I built a small wall using
plywood. Worked fine until I discovered a serious flaw.
All the airborne dust and dirt accumulates in each and every slat. Cleaning
ends up to be a nightmare. Otherwise....excellent.
As opposed to going through the holes in my pegboard and staying there,
you mean? At least if I had slatwall, I could blow it out from time to
time. Tried to buy it at the time I built the house, couldn't find a
local source who would sell "only" a dozen sheets. Ah well.
On Wed, 28 Dec 2005 19:48:32 +0000, Dave Hinz wrote:
Dust has been my problem with exposed pegboard. For
several years I had pegboard up on the garage wall.
When we moved, I got a finished garage, so I put
the pegboard inside a cabinet and still use it that
way today (over ten years). I still get full use of
the pegboard for tool storage, but everything is in my
tool cabinet. With the doors closed no dust problem.
I've had real success with a french cleat placed
at six feet on the walls all around the garage.
I've built cabinets and custom fixtures to hold
all my junk. If I had it to do over I'd probably put
another cleat at three or four feet. Of course over
time I've gotten better at dust control so I've had
no problem with dust recently. Seems like the slat
wall product is similar to a french cleat only more
of them on the walls. I'd say give the slat wall
If you don't mind a few unused holes, I would suggest neither. I
considered slatwall for the same reasons you did, but finding it at
reasonable prices and fixtures seemed to keep chasing it away. My shop
has a variety of wall surfaces, a couple of flavors of paneling, sheet
rock and pegboard.
The pegboard and one of the panel materials are the same - the peg-board
paper/cardboard/woody stuff. Both hold an amazing amount of weight.
The other panel has actual recognizable wood in it, and it's darker -
and you're right, it makes a difference. It too holds an amazing amount
of weight w/o effort.
I spent some time (years ago now) fashioning custom holders for my tools
out of scrap bits of wood, sometimes exotic, and brass bits. These in
turn were fastened to the walls. Works well, looks good, tools fit. Even
my pegboard layout has not changed significantly in 10 years so
versatility was not a big issue for me, and those damn hooks do come out
all too easily.
Folklore said the following on 12/28/2005 12:40 PM:
I just put up my pegboard again. Bought a new 1/4" 4' X 8' sheet even.
Never had problems -- so did not even think of slatboard.
Just found this link for pegs... Either style.
And this one...
Each to his own I guesses!
Lee Valley sells a router bit for making slatwall. 3/4" MDF is the
material most slatwall is made of and is fairly cheap. Got the bit for
Christmas and haven't tried it yet. Still checking sources for
hangers, etc. Seems to me that you should be able to make various
things using T nuts or some such.
For anyone in the Philadelphia area, try Gershel Bros. on State Rd.
They have "paint grade" slatwall at approx. $30 /sheet, melamine at
If you have a truck, you can pick it up and save the shipping.
They also sell the hooks (about 30 cents each).
I found a deal on some fiber slotwall from a store that went out of
business. It's going to require a bit of piecing together to cover
the two walls in my shop I was thinking about, but I think I've got
enough to do a decent job. It's a fake maple finish and actually
looks pretty good and should also provide some decent light
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