When you build as much as I do, you tend to collect a lot of scrap wood. I rarely throw anything out. After I cleaned the garage out in the Spring, all of these pieces were organized and neatly stowed away, so it was easy to find the perfect 2x4’s.
This handy little thingy is called a Micro Jig Gripper. I first saw it in Pretty Handy Girl’s clipboard holder tutorial. As soon as I saw Brittany’s clipboard stand, I loved it and knew I had to make some out of my bazillions of 2x4 scraps. I followed Brittany’s instructions and set my saw at 15% angle. Of course I was having so much fun on the saw, I forgot to take any pictures of me using it with the 2x4’s. But I also used it with some thin plywood.
I also used some Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths in Walnut to stain some of the clipboard stands. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
I ordered some clipboards online and spray painted them fun colors from Krylon.
I painted some of the clipboards with some chalkboard paint using my Homeright Finish Max.
TIP: when painting these clipboards with any paint, sand the spot where you remove the sticker, and sand lightly in between coats of any paint. The material becomes a little hairy ones it gets wet with paint. Lightly sanding gives a really smooth surface. You will notice I painted the clip on all of the clipboards.
I bought a vintage science book on Ebay and trimmed up the pages with my gynormous paper cutter.
I put the paper through my printer and voila! Great little artwork, and the perfect way to display it.
I have made a variety of stands and artwork. I think these clipboards would be fabulous all over the house, including the kitchen, living room and hallway. Members of the family could leave notes or cards. The chalkboard clipboard has endless possibilities.
In the kitchen, the clipboard could hold notes, recipes or grocery lists.
Think about all the papers your kiddos bring home from school. They could easily switch out today’s paper for the last one displayed.
You may notice some are wider than others. As I said, I used my 2x4 scraps to make these handy clipboard holders. I think I actually like the narrow stands better. I ran a few of them through the saw several times, moving the fence slightly to make the groove wider to allow them to hold tablets.
This was another fun and easy project that helped me use up scraps from my wood pile! They were pretty popular last week at Glendale 2015.
Where would you use one of these?
ps speaking of Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl, I did a guest post on her blog yesterday, you should check it out!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.