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Getting the kids in and out of the house smoothly is one of the biggest hurdles of my day as a stay at home dad. On a typical day after getting home from school or an activity, jackets are thrown to the ground, shoes are flip-flopped off my girls’ feet and bags are left lying on their sides. So today I’m going to attempt to organize the entryway mess with some plywood, wood dowels and hairpin legs to create a DIY pegboard organizer and modern bench.


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Pegboard Organizer

Main Pegboard:
1 – 3/4″ Purebond Birch Plywood cut to 24×48
Main Pegboard Trim:
2 – 1×2 @ 49-1/2″ Long (Outside) 48″ Long (Inside) Cut to 45-degrees (Top, Bottom Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 25-1/2″ Long (Outside) 24″ Long (Inside) Cut to 45-degrees (Left, Right Trim)

Modern Bench

Modern Bench Base:
1 –3/4″ Purebond Birch Plywood cut to 16×48
Modern Bench Trim:
2 – 1×2 @ 49-1/2″ Long (Outside) 48″ Long (Inside) Cut to 45-degrees (Front, Back Trim)
2 – 1×2 @ 17-1/2″ Long (Outside) 16″ Long (Inside) Cut to 45-degrees (Left, Right Trim)

Leg Spacers:
4 – 3/4″ Plywood cut to 5″ pieces (Trace top of hairpin legs & cut to size w/coping saw)

Set of 4 – 16″ Hairpin Legs

1 – 4ft x 8ft Sheet 3/4″ Purebond Birch Plywood (Pegboard, Bench Base, Spacers)
3 – 1x2x8 Pine (Trim)
2 – 7/8″ 4ft Dowels (Pegs)
1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
1-1/4″ Brad Nails
Minwax Semi-Gloss Polycrylic


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