Try this easy project for updating an ordinary bulletin board with woven cane.
Materials and Tools
- 8 lengths 2" x 2" x 24" boards
- 2 sheets 3’ x 6’ melamine
- 24 1-1/2" finishing nails
- Spray water bottle
- 2’ x 5’ sheet pre-woven cane – fine open cane 1/2” mesh (2’ @ $10.65/foot for 24” width) available at Bamboo Bazaar in Toronto or by mail-order
- 4 clamps
- Paint tray
- 2’ x 5’ Masonite board
- 2’ x 5’ sheet plain corkboard
- 1" x 1" outside corner trim
- Measuring tape
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Mitre box
Our corkboard is 2’ x 5’, but this project can be adapted to fit almost any size. Plain, unframed corkboard can be bought in various sizes at most office-supply stores, or art and craft-supply stores.
Step 1: Make clamping boards
Create clamping boards by nailing four 2" x 2" x 24" boards onto the each melamine sheet, at equal intervals. Set aside.
Step 2: Moisten cane
Use a spray bottle filled with water to lightly mist cane on both sides. Leave it for 15 minutes while getting clamps and glue ready.
Step 3: Glue cane
Lay the Masonite on your work surface with the smooth side up. Lay sheet of cane over top, with its right side down. Pour white glue into paint tray. Use roller to apply a thin coat of glue onto the wrong side of the cane.
Step 4: Construct board
Transfer cane sheet onto flat side of clamping board, with the glued side up. Place the corkboard on top of it, with cork side down. Roll a coat of glue onto the smooth side of the Masonite, and flip over on top of corkboard so glued side of Masonite is on the back side of the corkboard. Place second clamping board over top of Masonite layer. Clamp carefully and let dry for at least 6 hours.
Step 5: Prepare trim
Using a measuring tape and handsaw, cut corner trim to fit edges of finished board, adding about 2" extra to each piece. Our finished board was 2’ x 5’, so we cut 2 pieces of trim to 2’-2", and 2 pieces of 5’-2". Paint the trim, using two coats if necessary.
Step 6: Apply trim
Once finished board is dry, clean up edges with sandpaper if necessary. Using a mitre box and handsaw, mitre ends of trim to fit finished board. Glue and clamp in place. Allow to dry overnight. Touch up paint if necessary.
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