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Bulletin Board
Basic Description Here is an elegant bulletin board that can hold messages, notes, letters and photographs. It acts just like a tack-board, but you don't have to fumble around with push-pins and we think that you will agree that it looks much better. You can customize the colors and the dimension to create a project that fits into its surroundings.
Materials plywood, fabric, ribbon, picture hanging hook, tacks. optional: wood for frame, brads, paint, cork, spray adhesive. A complete material list is provided below.
Tools saw, scissors, small hammer, measuring tape, utility or hobby knife. optional: paintbrush, nail set, miter box saw. A complete tool list is provided below.
Cost The plan itself is free! Estimated cost of materials: $20
Time 2 hours
Difficulty Easy
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the project plan begins here

step:     1          

The first step involves acquiring the necessary materials and proper tools. It is best to get everything prepared and set-up before commencing because you become free to progress without unnecessary interruptions.
The image to the right shows the bulletin board with a frame around it. Adding the frame adds to the difficulty and requires some extra patience and tools; we discuss how to add the frame in the review section below.
completed bulletin board

Material List

Item Qty. Description
#1 - Durable fabric. You will need enough to cover the piece of plywood that you are using and about 4" (10cm) more in width and length to wrap around the edges of the wood. For example, if you plywood is 24" (60cm) wide, your fabric should be 28" (70cm) wide.
#2 - Plywood or other sheet wood. You can use any type of wood, but it should be about 3/8" - 1/2" (9-13mm)thick: thicker is fine but unnecessarily adds weight.
#3 varies Thumb tacks
#4 varies Ribbon. Choose a color that complements your fabric (and frame if you are going to make one). We prefer cloth ribbon as opposed to the plastic-type ribbon that is commonly available. See step 4 below for issues regarding the ribbon.
#5 - If you will be making a frame around your bulletin board, you will also need wood for the frame, paint and brads (see plan for more details).
#6 - White glue

Tool List

measuring tape
staple gun or small hammer to tap in tacks
wood saw
utility or hobby knife
if you want to make a frame, you will also need: miter box saw, nail set, router with a straight bit (to make a rabbet), paint brush.

We recommend that you read through the entire plan and especially the design considerations section before acquiring/assembling all of the requisite tools and materials. There are several options with this project, and it is most prudent to be fully informed of them before making design decisions.

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