Magnet Board for Mud Room (with my first inlay attempt)

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Project by dakotawood posted 04-24-2012 03:22 AM 2956 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted more organization for things near our back door. She wanted something to keep track of some of our girls’ papers from school. I thought about a bulletin board – but I don’t like having holes in all the papers. So I made a magnet board instead. I made it big enough so it can fit 4 full sheets of paper on it – for our 4 kids. I plan on making some custom magnets in the future using some strong rare earth magnets.

I framed up a thin piece of sheet metal that I wrapped in fabric – used pocket holes for the frame. I added a little shelf with a cubby hole for in-coming/out-going mail and also some key hooks down below. I thought this would be a great time to try my hand at an inlay. I followed Marc Spagnuolo’s technique that he gives in one of his video’s. It went very well. I took my time (about 3 hrs for the H), did my best, and the results I think are decent for my first shot.

I used flame birch with walnut for the inlay. Finished with 2 coats BLO, then 3 coats satin Arm R Seal. The flame birch I had purchased at Bell Forest and had it shipped. I wanted to try buying lumber online. They had a special for the flame birch – so I bought a little project pack. I was pleased with the purchase. Great lumber, well packaged and good shipping times.

Thanks for looking!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#1 posted 04-24-2012 04:55 AM

hey, why don’t you use the refrigerator like all the rest of us do?


Nice idea and nice job

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 09:11 AM

Well done. The inlay looks very nice, even if it’s your first go at it. I’ve watched Marc’s video and considered giving the inlay a try. Maybe now I will. Thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 04:57 PM

Good Job !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 11:44 PM

A very nicely done project. That inlay is PERFECT ! You should be very proud of this. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 04-25-2012 02:10 AM

Thanks guys for the kind remarks!

-- Travis, South Dakota

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 02:53 AM

This is a fine light design and execution with an inlay that anyone here would be well pleased with. Simple utility stuff like this should be a pleasure to use and behold everyday and you have hit the mark.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 02:51 PM

Thanks for your kind words Gene.

-- Travis, South Dakota

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