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Project by klassenl posted 09-18-2011 04:38 PM 3990 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a wonderfully organized person. Her clipboard is never very far away. After noticing her current model was falling apart I made this one for her. It comes from a broken down pallet. I think it’s Oak but I’m not entirely sure. Minwax stain with Semi-gloss brush on Varathane. I think I will go away from the Varathane when this can is empty, it ends up being too much work to get a smooth finish, especially on small projects.

I couldn’t think of a better way to attach the “clip” other than some wood screws. I’m not entirely happy with the look but it works.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 04:42 PM

Nice piece, I love to recycle too. I’ve had very good results with the Minwax water based Polycryilic, it shoots very well and unless its a smokin hot day it brushes & levels real nice too.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 04:55 PM

I too am a big fan of pallet wood reclamation. I just about have completed a jewelry box made entirely from reclaimed lumber.
Here is a good alternative for the wood screws you used for the clipboard:,41306,41327

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 07:01 PM

Nice gift for her. Where did you find the clip? I have been pushing around making a few boards but have not found any decent clips.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 10:20 PM

This clip came from a clipboard that I was no longer using. Lee Valley has a listing but it says they are no longer available. Failing that you could go to Walmart a buy a new one for a few dollars and use that.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 02:19 AM

I made a clipboard a couple of weeks ago, too. For the clip, I took the advice Matt gave here and just cannibalized the hardware from a cheap clipboard from OfficeMax. To attach the clip, I ran a couple of flat head machine screws in from the back, and secured them with acorn nuts from Ace Hardware.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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