Working on tinkering activities that involve LEGOs over the past years, we have discovered that LEGO pieces offer lots of possibilities for tinkering with motion, mechanisms, and linkages. We've found that creating a custom pegboard that works with LEGO technic pins and beams will make the explorations more accessible, playful, and iterative.
Here are the files for laser cutting together with a quick overview on how to make a pegboard that fits LEGO technic pins with proper spacing to attach beams and bricks.
For the basic board, you will need the following materials and tools.
large pegboard: 11" x 15" piece of 1/4" (6mm) plywood or acrylic for laser cutting. Optional: 15" long 2x4 piece of wood as stand
small pegboard: 6" x 11" piece of 1/4" (6mm) plywood or acrylic for laser cutting. Optional: 6" long 2x4 piece of wood as stand
2 button head wood screws
Philips Head Screwdriver or Power Drill with a driver bit if you decide to make a stand
Download our file (.svg) which has a hole pattern compatible with the LEGO technic hole size and spacing. Use the small or large file to lasercut a pegboard panel or feel free to edit the file in Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to create custom sized boards.
Place the piece of plywood or acrylic on the laser cutter bed and cut out the LEGO technic hole pattern according to your machine's specifications for 1/4 in material.
Attach the pegboard to the piece of 2x4" using wood screws through one hole on each side to create a stable base for your LEGO tinkering explorations, or attach C-clamps to the pegboard to quickly create an improvised stand.
Tinkering with LEGOPegboard:
We recommend that you take the pegboard file as a starting point and customize it to fit your needs. Mess around with different configurations and stands for the pegboards, and create your own custom mix of LEGO parts and other materials to support explorations of mechanisms, motions, story telling with LEGOs on pegboard.
Here are a few of the fabulous, open-ended explorations that have emerged over the past years since we first shared LEGOPegboard with the community:
— May Sabbah (@MayMaysab) November 15, 2019
LEGO sound machines
— Chris Colley (@chriscolleydog) October 25, 2019
LEGO tabletop games
— Gary M. Donahue (@garymdonahue) November 7, 2019
LEGO linkage explorations
— Ryoko Matsumoto (@ryokomatsumoto) December 15, 2018
Playful LEGO mechanism wall
— Gary M. Donahue (@garymdonahue) November 25, 2019
LEGO marble runs
— Rachelle Pia (@RachellePia) April 23, 2018