How to Make a Homemade Dry-Erase Board

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How to Make a Homemade Dry-Erase Board
Customise your dry-erase board by making it yourself. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Dry-erase boards work because the markers used on them contain inks that do not absorb into the board. You can make dry-erase boards from any nonporous surface in your home. Mirrors, plexiglass and laminates are surfaces that can be used to make homemade dry-erase boards. If you like the traditional whiteboard look, you can buy a material made with an acrylic melamine coating. Similar to standard dry-erase boards, you cannot use a permanent marker on the surfaces. Permanent marker ink will not erase from the surface.

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Things you need

  • Acrylic melamine coating sheet
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Table saw
  • 1/4-inch wood panels
  • Silicone glue
  • Wood glue
  • Bracket
  • Power drill
  • Wood screws

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  1. 1

    Purchase a sheet of acrylic melamine coating.

  2. 2

    Measure the desired dimensions of the dry-erase board using a tape measure.

  3. 3

    Mark the lengths and widths directly on the board using a marker. Draw the outlines on the acrylic melamine coating sheet.

  4. 4

    Cut the acrylic melamine coating sheet along the marked outlines using a table saw.

  5. 5

    Cut a 1/4-inch wood panel to the same dimensions as the dry-erase board, using a table saw.

  6. 6

    Set the table saw to a 45-degree angle. Cut both ends of each wood panel at a 45-degree angle.

  7. 7

    Place the two longer wood panels on the top and bottom of the dry-erase board. Glue the back of the wood panels to the edges of the dry-erase board using silicone glue.

  8. 8

    Place the two shorter wood panels on the sides of the dry-erase board. Glue the back of the wood panels to the edges of the dry-erase board using silicone glue.

  9. 9

    Place wood glue between the 45-degree angle corners of the wood panels. The wood glue bonds the wood panel corners together.

  10. 10

    Place a bracket in the centre of the top wood panel. Mark the screw holes using a marker.

  11. 11

    Drill a wood screw into each of the screw holes of the bracket using a power drill. Hang the dry-erase board on the wall.

Tips and warnings

  • Acrylic melamine coating sheets are available at home improvement stores.

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