How To Cut Pegboard With A Utility Knife

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This post is all about how to cut pegboard with a utility knife.

We’ll talk about the things you need, the process of cutting it, and what to do if your board is bigger than your blade.

So let’s cut right to it!

Step by Step – How to cut pegboard with a utility knife


  • Utility Knife
  • Pegboard
  • Guide Layer – Paper or something else that can be easily moved around like fabric or vinyl.
  • Tape or Marker

Budget: $15-$30

Duration: 20-40 Minutes

Step One:

Get a piece of pegboard (or any hard surface)  and clamp it to your table.

Step Two:  

Choose how you want to cut your pegboard.  Pegboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

You’ll need to choose the shape and size that will work for you. Take your time and get the measurements correct before moving on.

Step Three:  

To cut your pegboard, mark off the length of your project with either an actual ruler or tape marker on top of the pegboard. Personally, I like using tape markers because I can reuse them multiple times without any problems like breaking or any particle-related issues.

Step Four:

Put a guide layer on top of the pegboard and place your utility knife against it. You’ll want to rotate the whole thing in until you’re all the way down to where your marker is.

You can also move up and down on this step if you need to.  

Once you reach the marker, pull the whole thing off of its place and trim off as close to it as possible.

I sometimes find it easier to turn my pegboard over after I’m done tapping in my measurements simply because I have a better view of the board’s surface without having to peer under it.

Step Five:

Do the exact same thing to your other side.  You can choose to do the top, or bottom of your board whatever you would like.

Step Six:  

Once you’re done, place a layer of adhesive on your board and use it!

Pegboard is not that expensive in general so it’s a great material to work with if you’re strapped for cash.

It’s also easy to use once you understand how it works.

You can find pegboards at most hardware stores or online.

Below is an instructional video demonstrating How To Cut Pegboard With A Utility Knife:

Step By Step – How To Cut A Hole In Pegboard With A Utility Knife

Step One:

Get a piece of pegboard (or any hard surface) and clamp it to your table.

Step Two:

If you already know the size of hole you want, mark out where you want it to be.  If you don’t, measure out the size and put a guide layer underneath it. Measure out how deep you want your hole to be and cut the board accordingly.

Step Three:

Start Cutting through and follow the markings.

Step Four:

Once you’re done cutting your board, place an adhesive layer on top of it and use it!  

Now you have your hole for your Peg Board!

Best tool to cut Pegboard

The best tool and blade to cut Pegboard is not with a hand tool like a utility knife, but the best tool for cutting pegboard is by using a circular saw.

But if you’re doing DIY without many tools to work with, the utility knife is your best option for cutting a Pegboard

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cut pegboard with a utility knife?

Yes. If you have no circular saw for cutting a pegboard, you can use a utility knife for straight cutting a pegboard. You can even use a utility knife for cutting circles in a pegboard.

What is pegboard made of?

The pegboard is mostly composed of materials like compressed wood fiber, resin, with a coated thin layer of oil. For thicker and denser pegboards, they are made with masonite instead. Lastly, there are pegboards made entirely out of plastic.

Is pegboard waterproof?

A pegboard is waterproof depending on the material used to make the pegboard. Some pegboards are made with compressed wood fiber, which does not make it water proof while some are made with masonite or plastic which completely makes the pegboard waterproof.

Final Thoughts on How to cut pegboard with a utility knife

This ends our How To Guide of How To Cut Pegboard With A Utility Knife.

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