Wall Mounted Magnetic Board

Wall Mounted Magnetic Board

Model No :AW-011
Manufacturer : More Whiteboards in China

With streamline Aluminum frame, grey plastic corner, inimitable tray and durable dry-erase steel sheet, the product is designed in modern style and adopts the white board material in high quality. It is suitable for using in the offices, schools and family.
* High strength oxide aluminium frame in grey silver
* High quality oil paint board surface
* ABS corners with high toughness
* The pallet can be adjusted according to the size of the board, convenient to install and take-down
* Different sizes available
* Full concealed metal installation accessories

Contemporary WhiteBoard

Contemporary WhiteBoard

Model No :AW-014
Manufacturer : More Whiteboards in China

white board/writing board/magnetic whiteboard: Ultra smooth surface, Magnetic,Great erasability
1.Magnetic
2.Ultra smooth surface
3.No ghosting
4.Anodized aluminum frame
5.Two Hidden adjustable wall hooks
6.Folding marker tray
7.Coated steel
8.Other surfaces available: Porcelain, lacquered steel, gridding coated steel,etc.
9.Different sizes are available

Quartet, Prestige Color Cork Boards

QUARTET : Prestige™ Colored Cork Bulletin Boards. Elegant styling designed to complement office or boardroom • Surface lasts longer and grips push pins more securely than standard cork • “Easy Mounting” hanging system for easy and accurate installation • Quick Clips, included, hold pictures or other items without a push pin-just slide items under clip Graphite-blend, colored cork adds a new rich dimension to traditional cork boards. Cork’s natural healing surface hides pinholes and has exceptional pin holding power. Ideal for meeting rooms and personal workspaces.

DIY Whiteboards and Corkboards

Over at TechSpaceBend, we needed to put up some whiteboards and corkboards.  Big ones like you’d have in an office, not the little ones that decorate your kids room at home.  The only problem is that TSB is a non-profit with little/no funds availble, and these things tend to be a bit pricey.  A 6′ X 4′ corkboard goes for $105, and 5′X4′ whiteboards come in at ~$225/per.  Ordering from a site like china-whiteboard.com (which seems to be one of the better sources for this sort of thing) was going to run us over $600-$700.

So instead, I turned this into a weekend project and got cracking in my shop.  Here’s what I ended up doing …

Making Your Own Corkboard

Total cost: ~$83. However it may be possible to reduce the cost by $20-$30 by using thinner cork (3/32″) and using 1/4″ plywood with only one good face.

Materials:

  • Cork roll (4′x6′x1/8″) – $40.
  • 1/2″ Plywood, one good face (4′x8) – Price varies.  I bought a sheet of lauan plywood w/ two good faces for ~$25 at Home Depot.
  • Contact Cement (1qt) – $9
  • D-Ring Hangers – $2.40

Tools:

  • Skillsaw
  • Masking tape
  • Paint roller and adhesive cover – ~$6

You’ll need a large, very well ventilated work area for this project – a clean garage floor for example.

  1. Place plywood on your work surface with the good face up.  Roll out the cork on top of it and position so that 3 of the four edges (mostly) line up.  Don’t worry about the plywood being larger than the cork – we’ll trim everything down to size later.
  2. Firmly tape one edge of the cork to the plywood. Make sure this won’t come loose during the next few steps!
  3. Flip the cork over, like turning a really large book page, to expose the cork and plywook surfaces that need to be glued together.
  4. Using the paint roller with the adhesive cover, apply the contact cement to where both surfaces where they’ll meet.  This is where things get stinky – you have ~65 sq-ft of contact cement outgassing as it dries, so make sure you’ve got plenty of fresh air circulating.
  5. This is the tricky part, and will be easier if you have someone to help.  You don’t want to mess this up because there’s no do-overs here. Once the contact cement is tacky (30 minutes or so?), carefully and slowly roll the two surfaces back together, using your hands to work the cork onto the plywood and make sure there’s no wrinkles or air pockets. Do this by starting from the edge you’ve taped down and working toward the opposite edge.  If you’re by yourself you’ll need to reach under the unflipped-section of cork for this.  If you have help, one person can hold the cork up while the other person works it onto the board.
  6. Once you have the cork glued down, the skillsaw and a cutting guide to trim off the excess plywood.
  7. Attach the D-Ring Hangers where needed.

Making Your Own Whiteboard

Let me start by saying there are two approaches to take with this project in terms of the actual white board surface.  You can either use Rust-Oleum’s Dry Erase paint product applied to a 1/2″ sheet of plywood, or you can simply buy a piece of “tileboard” at Home Depot.  I document the “Dry Erase paint method” here, since that’s what I built, but in hindsight I would strongly recommend people go with the tileboard solution.  It’s much cheaper and less labor intensive.  I probably spent $50 and two hours more than I needed to, and got a whiteboard surface that’s not as smooth.  Which is kind of a bummer.  The only advantage of the Dry Erase paint method is that the boards themselves, being 1/2″ thick, are much more sturdy than the 3/32″ thick tileboard.

The only downside of the tileboard is that it’s < 1/4″ thick, and rather flimsy, which I had thought would be a showstopper.  However I found myself adding a 1″x2″ tray along the bottom of the board that, in hindsight, would be enough of a stiffener to alleviate this problem.

Materials:

  • (Dry Erase paint method only) 1/2″ Plywood, one good face (4′x8′) – Price varies.  I bought a sheet of lauan plywood w/ two good faces for ~$25 at Home Depot.
  • (Dry Erase paint method only) Rust-Oleum Dry-Erase paint – $20
  • (Dry Erase paint method only) Spackling compound – $4
  • (Dry Erase paint method only) Latex Primer – $7
  • (Tileboard method only) Tileboard (4′x8′) – $13.
  • 1″x2″ x 8′ board – ~$5
  • 1-1/4″ Drywall screws

Tools

  • Skillsaw
  • Tablesaw
  • 200-grit Sandpaper
  • (Dry Erase paint method only) 6″ Paint roller and ultra dense foam cover – ~$6

Steps

  1. (Dry Erase paint method only) Use the spackling compound to fill in all imperfections in the good face of the plywood.  When dry, sand smooth with 200-grit sandpaper.
  2. (Dry Erase paint method only) Using paint roller, apply a coat of latex primer.  Let dry.  Sand smooth.
  3. (Dry Erase paint method only) Activate the Dry Erase paint and apply the first coat.  Let dry 30 min.
  4. (Dry Erase paint method only) Apply a generous second coat of Dry Erase paint.  The instructions say that 3 coats are ideal.  However I found that by applying a liberal second coat, you would get a smoother surface because the paint flows better.  Note, however, that this requires painting with the plywood completely level to eliminate dripping.  Let dry.
  5. Cut plywood / tileboard to size.  I made a medium and large board by cutting the board into a 4′x5′ board and a 4′x3′ board.
  6. Make your marker tray by using angling the tablesaw blade to 10° and ripping both short edges of the 1″x2″ board.
  7. Attach try to whiteboard as shown by clamping board to the bottom of whiteboard.  From the back of the whiteboard, drill pilot holes for the drywall screws every 12″ or so, and insert screws.
  8. Round edges of all wood to taste using sandpaper or file.
  9. Attach the D-Ring Hangers where needed.

In Conclusion

For TSB, I made one corkboard and four whiteboards.  I was careful to place the D-ring hangers at the same spacing on all of these (42″) so that they can be moved between the various offices with ease, which I’m sure will prove useful over time.

The dry-erase paint was a simply mistake.  It’s very labor intensive and if you can find an alternative solution I’d definitely recommend doing so.  In my case, I wasn’t as attentive to detail as I could have been on the first set of boards I made and the result came out a bit rough.  Still very usable, but definitely not the quality I would expect in pre-made whiteboard.  On the second set of boards I took a lot more care to prep and paint, which paid off, but even so the surface is still a bit orange-peal-ish.

One final note: The tileboard that HomeDepot sells doesn’t erase quite as well as you might expect.  However several sources recommend treating the surface with Turtle Wax, which should allow the board to erase better.  (Haven’t tried it myself, so if you.

Bulletin Board Ideas for Your Room

  • There are a number of strategies for making a bulletin board match with a room in your home. Plain bulletin board products are available at most office supply stores can easily be customized to match the decor of your home office or any other room. DIY ideas for bulletin boards include using items you already have around the house that can be repurposed to create a one-of-a-kind, home bulletin board.

    Updating an Existing Bulletin Board

  • Adding decorative embellishments to an existing bulletin board is a very good strategy when decorating a room. Custom frames can be made to fit around the borders of your existing bulletin boards to give them an interesting architectural presence in the room while also matching them with other artwork. Gold frames make for an elegant statement in a more formal room, while black frames look more contemporary. Wood frames that match the other wood elements in the room, like the furniture or moldings, are a nice way to make bulletin boards fit more seamlessly into a room. Additionally, painting over the entire cork board in acrylic paint can also serve to blend a bulletin board into the room décor. A light wash of color, either to match the walls of the room or to repeat an accent color in the room, is another way to make the board a decorative accessory.

    Build Your Own

  • Building your own bulletin board out of homasote fiberboard is ideal when exact proportions are desired. Homasote can be cut to size and is available in varying thicknesses. Fabric is easy to attach to a homasote board by wrapping the fabric taut around the board and stapling the fabric to the back using a staple gun. With this strategy in mind, a bulletin board can become an important design element in the room. Incorporating fabric that coordinates well with other upholstery or drapes already in the room helps the bulletin board to blend in with any room design. Ribbons and strings can also be tacked along the fabric covered board in geometrical patterns to create more visual interest while also allowing you to slide important items onto the board without the use of tacks.

    Household Items

  • Unexpected household items can be repurposed to make charming bulletin boards. Metal trays can be mounted onto walls and used for magnetic bulletin boards. An assortment of plain vintage metal trays hung together is an elegant arrangement. Colored or painted metal trays can make a more playful statement in a colorful room. Carpet tiles are another unexpected item that can be used as a bulletin board. These rubber backed tiles can be stapled onto the wall and their texture holds tacks well. The pile of the rug will hide staple gun marks.
  • Bulletin Board Ideas for Trains

    1. The purpose of a bulletin board in a classroom is to increase student engagement. If a bulletin board is boring, students won’t look at it or interact with it, rendering it useless. Make your bulletins boards exciting by using visuals that appeal to children. Trains are a perfect visual for bulletin boards, as they can easily illustrate a variety of concepts while capturing students’ attention.

      Sentence Structure

    2. Teach sentence structure by putting a word in each part of the train and labeling the cars. For example, “The boy plays with his dog” can be labeled as “article, noun, verb, preposition, pronoun, noun” or “article, subject, predicate, preposition, pronoun, object” depending on the level of the class you are teaching.

      Story Sequencing

    3. Note important events from a story on the cars of the train. Allow students to help you place the train cars in the correct order on the bulletin board. This activity will be extra special if the story you choose is about a train–literally or metaphorically–such as “The Little Engine that Could” or “Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman.”

      Order of Operations

    4. Use train cars to illustrate the order of operations. “Fill” the first car with drawings of parenthesis, the second with exponents, the third with division and multiplication symbols and the fourth with addition and subtraction signs. This visual illustration will help students remember the correct order in which to solve math problems.

      Timeline

    5. Reinforce a history lesson by using each train car as a point on a timeline. Make a bulletin board about the Underground Railroad using each train car to list a specific event. Begin with The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and proceed from that point until Emancipation. Draw dates in the rungs of the train track. The train can be as long or short as needed for the lesson, and can be used for any historical lesson.

      Life Skills

    6. List the steps of a procedure that students should know on the train cars. How to brush teeth and how to check out a book from a library are two possibilities. This bulletin board is appropriate for both the life skills classroom and lower elementary grades.

      Natural Resources

    7. Place a map of a country or region you are studying on the bulletin board. Use a cutout of a train to show what natural resources the area is rich in. Train cars can carry oil, gold, coal, fish, iron ore and other resources. Each train car’s “load” can be great or small depending on the amount of the resource available in the area being studied.