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.
Purchase a sheet of acrylic melamine coating.
Measure the desired dimensions of the dry-erase board using a tape measure.
Mark the lengths and widths directly on the board using a marker. Draw the outlines on the acrylic melamine coating sheet.
Cut the acrylic melamine coating sheet along the marked outlines using a table saw.
Cut a 1/4-inch wood panel to the same dimensions as the dry-erase board, using a table saw.
Set the table saw to a 45-degree angle. Cut both ends of each wood panel at a 45-degree angle.
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.
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.
Place wood glue between the 45-degree angle corners of the wood panels. The wood glue bonds the wood panel corners together.
Place a bracket in the centre of the top wood panel. Mark the screw holes using a marker.
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.
Acrylic melamine coating sheets are available at home improvement stores.
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- Acrylic melamine coating sheets are available at home improvement stores.