First up, he created a magnetic board. Originally, I had wanted a large corkboard. When he suggested making a magnetic board, I jumped at that idea! A corkboard will eventually have large holes in it, I run the risk of dropping push pins (only to later find them stuck in my foot!), and won’t be as pretty. Not to mention, finding cork to use was impossible. The magnetic board is much more durable and functional. Plus, I love the look of it!
We purchased the metal from a local heating and air conditioning company. It was inexpensive and cut to size. Just be sure to wear gloves when handling it as the edges will be sharp.
My husband began by making a back frame from molding. For this one, he made the corners by cutting lath marks with the table saw and chiseling the area out. This was quite time-consuming, so he used a different method for the other two projects.
He used the nail gun to tack the pieces together, squared up the sides to ensure the sides were straight. Once the corners were ready to assemble, he used the nail gun to attach the two pieces into corners. This became the back for the magnetic board.
He nailed the metallic sheet onto the back frame. Then he used a belt sander to sand down the edges so they would not be sharp.
Next up was to make the front frame. He used the miter saw to make the frame. I then painted the pieces (for future frames, we painted before cutting). I am super impressed with the Olympic paint that we used. It covered so well, with easy clean up. I’m not a great painter, but I had no trouble getting even coverage with this paint. 🙂
He laid the frame out on the metallic sheet, then used the nail gun to staple the frame on.
We put putty on the staple heads and waited for it to cure and dry. Once dry, a light sanding smoothed the frame. The final details were to touch up the paint over these areas and to paint the edges of the back frame.
Once screwed to the wall, the magnetic board was complete!
Once hung on the wall, the first thing that I added to the magnetic board was from a Post-It calendar. I have two calendar months on the board. This allows me to plan projects and have a deadlines reminder right next to my desk. I have plenty of room to add other papers as I need.
Next up, the pegboard!
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