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Modular Entryway Organizer from Plywood

Need storage? You’ll love this beautiful modular entry organizer.

As much as I wished the small entry closet in our last home was bigger, I desperately miss it now. Our new house has no closet at all!

So I partnered with Inventables to use my X-Carve CNC machine to make the perfect modular entryway organizer. It is not as much storage as a closet, but it is a beautiful place to drop things as you enter the house.

Entryway organizer with hooks to hold purses, hats, sunglasses, keys and a tray for emptying your pockets hanging on a wall above house plants.

Pegboard Style Organizer

I love using pegboard for organizing in more places than the garage. It came in very handy in my craft room as a removable pegboard storage. But regular pegboard is not pretty enough for an entryway organizer that will be the first thing guests see when they come visit.

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So I used the same pegboard idea, but carved out notches for 3/4″ wide boards (standard 1x boards) to sit into them. And I used a left-over piece of Ash plywood from this gorgeous bathroom vanity I built last year.

The design was easy to carve with the X-carve. In just over an hour, I had a 28″ x 36″ board ready to organize all the things!

Close up view of the entryway wall organizer with purse, hat and more hanging on it.

Modular Design

What works for me in my house, might not work for you in your house. It might not even work for me in a different house. That is why I love modular design.

This entryway organizer was so fun to make storage components for. I started by thinking what I wanted to store: sunglasses, purse, keys, hats, stuff from my husbands pockets, etc.

Straight on picture of the modular entryway organizer with a purse, hat, sunglasses and keys hanging on it.

Then I started creating solutions for each thing. Each modular piece has an L style cleat on the back that slides into the carved squares. And you can mix and match and move them however you want!

I think my favorite component is the giant round hook that holds my purse. It looks so pretty, and is really sturdy (important for heavy purses). Plus, it will be great for holding a coat or jacket when winter arrives.

Close up picture of the two styles of hooks on the pegboard style entry organizer.

And the row of key hooks might be my next favorite. We seem to be acquiring keys for all kinds of things now that we have more land to care for. I love having a specific place to store them.

I love all the organization for all the small items at hand as we leave the house. But for larger items, like coats and backpacks, as well as the ultimate shoe storage we also added these amazing DIY mudroom storage lockers. Now our entryway is super organized!

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE AN X-CARVE?

If you don’t have an X-Carve, you can still make you own modular entryway organizer.

How to Make a Modular Pegboard Organizer

Tools Needed:

Supplies:

  • (1) 28″ x 36″ piece of 3/4″ plywood
  • (1) 3″ x 28″ piece of 1/2″ plywood
  • (1) 1 x 6 board, 18″ long
  • (1) 5/16″ dowel, 12″ long
  • Wood glue
  • 1″ finish nails
  • (5) 7/8″ cup hooks
  • (8) 1″ wood screws
  • (3) 2 1/2″ wood screws
  • Sealer
    • I used liming wax to put a hiny of white in the grain of the ash plywood and a wipe on polyurethane for the components.

Prepare the Plywood

I discovered with a bit of tweaking, I could cut the holes for the pegboard on a 28″ x 36″ board on the 1000mm X-Carve. The typical work area is 29 1/2″.

You can cut your 3/4″ board any size you want to work for your space. To keep the component sizes correct, there needs to be 6 inches (on center) between the holes. I also left 2″ to each side and the top.

Cutting a piece of plywood with a circular saw and guide track.

The 1/2″ plywood is used for a French cleat to mount the entryway organizer to the wall. Cut 2 3″ squares off the end leaving you with a 3″ x 22″ piece.

Set your table saw blade to a 45 degree angle and set the fence so it will cut the board in half (or close to it) lengthwise. Run the longer board through the table saw to cut it.

Carve the Holes

You can use the design I created for the modular entryway organizer by first, signing up for a free Easel account, then clicking on the link below to open the file.

When you open the link, it will not be editable unless you make a copy. Also, the holes for the board are on the first workpiece. The components are on the second.

Screenshot of the CNC cut file open in the Easel software.

Set the plywood on the wasteboard of the X-carve. To carve all the holes, hang the front of the board 1″ over the front of the work area.

Double check that the last row of holes will be able to be carved with the router without hitting the back of the rails. I did this by measuring where the router tip was at the furthest back and checking that against where it sat in the Easel software.

Clamp the plywood and get ready to carve.

Cutting out the square cleats for the modular entryway organizer with a CNC machine.

To carve the holes from the 3/4″ ash plywood I used the following settings:

  • Feed rate 60 in/min
  • Plunge rate 12 in/min
  • Depth per pass 0.125 in

These settings worked great for clearing out the pockets of all the holes. They are not the recommended rates. Make sure to test any settings you plan to use with scraps before cutting into your final project.

Finish the Pegboard

Sand and seal your plywood.

Place one of the pieces of the French cleat on the back of the board, a few inches from the top. Make sure the angled cut is facing toward the bottom of the plywood and there is a gap between the angled section and the plywood.

Make sure it is level with the top of the board. Secure with 1″ wood screws and wood glue.

Attaching the top of the French cleat to the back of the plywood wall organizer.

Add the two 3″ blocks to the lower corners. This will keep the bottom of the plywood flush with the French cleat so it will not lean. Secure with 1″ wood screws.

Add the other piece of the French cleat to the wall. It will be secured so the angled piece is facing up and there is a gap between the angled section and the wall. Secure with 2 1/2″ wood screws into studs.

Hanging the other side of the French cleat on the wall.

Hang the plywood on the wall by lifting it just above the French cleat on the wall and letting the two angled pieces slide together creating a tight hold.

Carve the Storage Components

The storage components are on the second workpiece of the Easel file I shared here.

I cut all my pieces out of a scrap of poplar left over from other projects. But you could use any wood you have lying around. I recommend using a hard wood for more stability than a soft wood.

All the components fit on an 18″ piece of 1×6 board. There are 2 pieces needed for the sunglass holder and 3 pieces needed for the pocket tray and key holder.

X-Carve carving out the storage components from poplar.

To carve the poplar, I used the following settings:

  • Feed rate 60 in/min
  • Plunge rate 12 in/min
  • Depth per pass 0.09375 in

Assemble the Components

After the carve is complete, remove the piece from the wasteboard and cut the tabs to release the carved pieces.

Sand off the tabs and all the edges to give you a smooth piece.

For the sunglass holder:

Cut (2) 6″ pieces of dowel. Press them into the holes, but not all the way.

Test the spacing by placing the sunglass holder on the pegboard. Secure the dowels with wood glue if desired.

Close up view of the sunglass holder component on the entry organizer.

For the key holder:

Place glue on the side of the piece with the 5 small holes in it. Attach it between the two small locking pieces.

Secure with a couple finish nails to hold while the glue dries.

Use the small holes on the front as spacing for the cup hooks. You will want to drill small pilot holes to twist the hooks into.

Close up picture of the key holder component holding 3 sets of keys on the 5 key hooks.

For the pocket tray:

Add wood glue to the sides of the carved out tray. Attach it between the two longer locking pieces.

Secure with a couple finish nails to hold while the glue dries. Be careful to only put the nails in the front and back to prevent them from showing in the tray.

Close up view of the pocket tray for emptying your pockets in the entryway wall organizer.

Assemble the Entry Organizer

Now it is time to put all the modular pieces into the plywood!

They should slide into the squares with little tension, and drop down over the cleat to hold tight.

Have fun making whatever pieces you need for your own entryway. And you can move them around for more storage or less depending on the season!

Side view of the items hanging on the entryway wall organizer next to some plants.

That is my kind of storage solution for sure. I am thinking I need to make one for each kid to put inside their bedroom doors too. That way they can keep all their things organized too.

Where would you use your own modular organizer?

-Kati with picture of blog author Kati

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Modular wall organizer hanging in the entryway with text overlay.

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