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"I want a cool white board for my home office"

Needs to blend in nicely with my home office. I can't have my work scribblings in plain view for guests :)

wanted by: mieyun (72) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 +
updated on: May 27, 2011, 12:47 a.m. (6 years, 4 months ago)
posted on: March 27, 2011, 12:28 a.m. (6 years, 6 months ago)
tags: home home office work
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comment Attention visitors: let me know if you want more construction details by leaving a comment, linking to, liking or +1-ing this page. If I see enough interest I'll add more how-to steps so you can make your own. - mitch 6 years ago
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DIY hidden white board for a home office

I just finished this "picture frame with a secret" whiteboard for my home office. I made the two hinged frames out of solid oak boards I picked up at Home Depot, but you could probably just hinge two normal picture frames together which would save a lot of time cutting, sanding and staining.

Hidden whiteboard - closed
Looks like a normal picture frame...


Hidden whiteboard - opening
Wait, what?


Hidden whiteboard - opened
Ahhh....hello whiteboard!


The whiteboard is from a 4' x 8' sheet of some white coated masonite material that Home Depot has. I cut it down to the size I wanted on my table saw. Also got the plexiglass, magnets and piano hinge at Home Depot.

I picked up the black photo mats at a local craft store, and cut them with a mat cutter. I printed the 110 year old picture of my new hometown on Shutterfly. A little shout-out to the Wellesley Historical Society for tracking it down and scanning it for me!

Took me a few days to make, mostly as I waited for the coats of stain and varnish to dry. The actual cutting, gluing-up, sanding and assembly was completed in a day.

Protip: when picking out wood at Home Depot, make sure and grab not only the most blemish-free oak boards (or maple, pine or poplar, which they also have) but also the straightest stock. Sight down the face and edge of the board to make sure that it isn't twisted, bowed or warped. You'll save yourself a lot of hassle by starting with the straightest boards you can find.

If you build your frames out of hardwood make sure that you pre-drill some pilot holes for the piano hinge screws. Also, dab a little liquid soap on the tip of each screw before inserting and screw them in slowly. I've twisted the head off more than one of those piano hinge screws by over torquing, not drilling a large enough pilot hole and not lubricating the screw.

If anyone wants to take on a similar project, leave a comment and I'll gladly provide more details and measurements.
comment I love it! So cool! - mieyun 6 years, 6 months ago
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