Clipboard remake - Fun in the shop

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-27-2021 01:52 AM 2302 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was time to throw away my clipboard. I bought these back in 1967. Over the years I’ve used it for everything in the shop. Cutting, painting, nailing, backer board, etc. took it’s toll on it. I kept saying I need to get a new one. While cleaning up my scrap bin I came across many thin strips of different hardwoods and something clicked in my head. I decided to laminate the old one. Removing the clip first and sanding the board before I glued the strips on I then went on to spray the clip itself. I used hammered copper spray paint that fitted the deed. After glue dried I sanded it smooth and waited till the next day to let it acclimate. I sanded again to make sure none of the pieces moved then gave it a couple coats of danish oil rubbing it in with a piece of 100 grit used sandpaper. Came out smooth as a baby. Now I need to find a nice place to hang it instead of being buried in the cabinet.
Just as easy to make a clip board with all wood but this way everything got a new life.

Fun in the shop.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 01-27-2021 02:31 AM

Dave that’s a great idea! I have an old clip board also and all I use it for is to attach saved plans on it. So even if I made it look as good as yours I would never see it with all my plans hiding it. So I guess I’ll just leave it alone.
But you got to use up some scraps which is nice! I really like your logo! It’s mint!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 01-27-2021 02:58 AM

Good idea and looks great. Enjoy using it!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 01-27-2021 03:14 AM

Nice, Dave! Way to keep the old clipboard alive.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 01-27-2021 04:16 AM

To the youngins, a clipboard is the three little lines at the top right of the screen.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 01-27-2021 05:08 AM

Hi Tony. Put your plans in a plan drawer and use the clipboard for chicken scratch. haha. I’m sort of the same way, it gets used for many things other than it should. At least we can say we have one. I do have plenty more scraps but too many for clipboards. I’ll have to use them up elsewhere.

Thanks BB1. I hope I get to use it for the right job soon.

Thanks Dave. It’s hard for us old guys to throw away anything. No wonder some of us become horders.

Thanks Mark. Are clipboards for paperclips too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 01-27-2021 05:20 AM

Looks real good Dave! I don’t have a multipurpose tool like that.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 01-27-2021 06:12 AM

What a great idea Dave, sure used those scraps up.
Great result.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 01-27-2021 11:03 AM

Dave that is nice. I keep journals. Its more messy that way

-- Petey

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#9 posted 01-27-2021 11:34 AM

Nifty idea. Great looking finish

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 01-27-2021 11:50 AM

great way to use up some of the thin pieces that keep piling up.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 01-27-2021 12:25 PM

I can see how that would be a valueable thing to have around the shop, to serve cheese and crackers, swat flies out the air, temporarily cover a paint can while you are cleaning the sawdust paint goop off the lid you dropped on the floor, as a clamping device for tiny parts glue-ups where no other clamp will do, all-purpose tool, in other words.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#12 posted 01-27-2021 01:43 PM

Good one John. I think a lot of us use have tools like this that severe more than one purpose. LOL.

Thanks Bob. I’ll need more ideas to use up all these scraps.

Thanks Pete. Well they say mess is a bless and we have a lot of bless sometimes.

Thanks Eric. Me too a perfect satin finish.

Dick what should I do with the scraps I made f that were left over from this LOL. Thanks for looking.

Wow Brian, covering paint cans and swatting flies, I have to remember those. hahaha.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 01-27-2021 02:39 PM

not only is the clipboard very awesome looking but painting that clip make it perfection for picture I thought it was just rusty and old but no its perfect i would like that GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#14 posted 01-27-2021 03:51 PM

Great looking clipboard!! I’ll have to set aside some better, more colorful scraps and try this sometime.

-- Gary -

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#15 posted 01-27-2021 04:13 PM

Dave, if you are going to remake a clipboard you might as well make it beautiful. You did just that my friend!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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