Bulletin Board

Here's a woodworking project with a free plan for kids and parents to make together - a personalized bulletin board that's easy to make and fun to use.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Bulletin Board

Who couldn't use this handsome bulletin board? Whether it's a gift for someone's office, kitchen, or bedroom or for the builder's own room, this customized bulletin board will be put to instant use. The board is simple to construct because basically you are just building a frame around a corkboard. We used a precut 2-by-3-foot cork panel, with corner molding for the frame; both are available at home centers. You can personalize the board by adding a name or initials with letters avail- able at a craft shop.

Shopping List

The sides (A) and top and bottom (B) are cut first. The measurements on the Cutting List are from one point of the 45-degree miter cut to the other. To assure accuracy, mark the length of each individual side (A) and top and bottom (B) on the molding stock and then cut it to length before you mark the next part. Laying out and cutting the parts in this way allows for the thickness of the saw blade. Use your miter box to assure a nice square cut.

Cutting List

To mark the miter cuts, put parts A and B into the miter box so that each side of the molding rests against the bottom of the miter box and the fence. Carefully align the end of the part with the 45-degree slot at the right end of the miter box. Position the wood so the saw will cut away just enough wood to form the miter but not shorten the part. Then without turning the part, slide it through the miter box until the square end is aligned with the 45-degree slot on the left end of the miter box. Then cut the miters of the remaining parts A and B.

Parts A and B are glued to the board with construction adhesive. Run a bead of adhesive down the V of the molding. Be careful not to get adhesive on the lip that will touch the cork; any adhesive on the lip will squeeze out onto the cork front of your bulletin board. Put wood glue on the miter joints, and place the sides, top, and bottom in position.

Tie several rubber bands together to make a temporary clamp. Place the bulletin board face down on a flat surface, and press the frame firmly in place. Stretch the rubber bands around the frame, and loop their ends over a piece of scrap wood. Double-check the alignment of the frame, and set it aside to dry.


Cut the 1-inch lattice to length to make the back support (D) and then glue it to the back of the bulletin board flush with the top molding. This part provides a secure attachment point for the mounting brackets. Then attach the picture-hanging brackets to the back support with number 6, 3/4-inch screws.

You can personalize the bulletin board by gluing on wood letters. Apply the same finish you're using for the frame to the fronts of the letters before you glue them in place. When the finish has dried, put a small amount of adhesive on the backs of the letters and align them. A short name can be run across the top; for a longer name, use smaller letters and run them down one side of the board.

After the glue has dried, sand the frame with 120-grit sandpaper. We used a wipe-on finish to seal the frame, but you can also use paint. Be careful when applying finish around the cork. To keep the finish from getting on the cork, place a piece of cardboard tight against the frame to shield the face.

TIME REQUIRED Four hours for cutting, building, and assembling, plus drying time for glue and finish.

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