I've been wanting to add a message center to our home. Somewhere-other than the refridgerator-to hang important papers, notes etc... I was at the Quilted Bear the other day, and there were some booths selling magnet boards, but for a hefty price (the largest one there was $100!!). I knew that if I could find the metal sheets, I could make my own frame & come out with my own board in the end. And that's what I did yesterday with Madi-we drove to the home improvement stores to find metal sheets.
What to make your own??
I went to Home Depot first; unfortunately, they didn't have the size that I wanted (but they do have metal sheets). I then drove over to Lowes, and it was there that I found various sizes of metal sheets. I decided to get a 24'' x 24'' sheet; and it cost me $10.83. If you go to either store, save time by asking an associate where to find the metal sheets-I passed by the displays in both stores a couple of times.
While you're at the store, pick up to 2 2 x 4's; I didn't need to because I have a bunch downstairs.
-Air Compressor w/ Nail Gun, Staple Gun
First measure your board. The sticker said 24'' x 24'', but that first side was a little over 24''. What I forgot to do when measuring, was take into account that I was making slits for the sheet to sit in. I've been trying to figure out a way to do it right, but my brain is not wrapping around the concept, so if you attempt this, trial & error.
With the 2 x 4's: cut off one of the ends @ a 45 degree angle
Take your measurement, mark it on the board & make your second cut going the opposite direction
This is what your board should look like. The top of this board is the same width as the metal sheet. And I think this is were my problems started. I had measured all the sides, cut them out, and had this nice frame ready to go; except for the fact that the metal sheet was not sandwiched between the sides. Because of this, I had to cut the sides & top shorter, and ended up cutting a deeper slit on the top. Trial & Error folks-remember, this is my first time making one :)
With your table saw: set your depth to make your groove & then slide all your pieces through.
Put three sides together & pin nails in the corner to secure it. I also put some staple on top to make it nice and secure.
Slide the metal sheet down, and put the top piece on & secure it.
Give it a little sanding & then paint. I was going to paint mine a dark brown, so I knew I wouldn't need to prime it.
And here's the finished product: