Writing Board

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Project by HollisLocke posted 01-28-2013 08:51 AM 1237 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a good friend that is about to head off to graduate school for creative writing and poetry. As we were talking about Christmas presents, he mentioned that he’d like to be able to have a nice clipboard to use for when he wants to sit on the couch and work on his poetry.

I found an old piece of exterior barn siding that had been beautifully weathered and decided that would be perfect for it. I cut a couple of knots out of the wood, jointed the three pieces together and preserved the weathered edges on the outside. I planed the writing side down farther to make sure I had a nice flat, even surface, but on the back side I planed it just enough to even it out. This left some great ridges where the wood had checked. Even after applying polyurethane, the ridges on the back and the weathered edges still have a great tactility to them.

He loves it, and refuses to call it a ‘clip’ board as he felt that was diminishing what it is, so he calls it his ‘writing board’.

The board ended up being .498 inches thick and I added 8 coats of wipe-on poly, then 5 coats of spray on shellac as I was worried the wood was going to be too soft for writing on. I then sanded to 400 grit as that was all I had, and then polished it with some spray on furniture dusting spray.

I purchased the antique brass plated clip from Small Box Hardware ( ) out of Calgary, Alberta. They were very pleasant to deal with and my emails with questions were most often answered within 20 minutes, even at 10 o’clock at night.

I hope you enjoyed my first project here on LJ!

-- Hollis-

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 09:09 AM

Nice project. welcome to LJ!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 02:54 PM

Love everything about the project. From the basic idea, the choice of wood, the way you left the non-writing surfaces a bit rough, through to the finished project. Thanks also for including the hardware vendor’s link!

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 12:33 PM

Thank you for the kind words! I was also able to glue up 4 more over the weekend and had purchased several of the clips to make the shipping more palatable, so I’m hoping to have another project up here soon!

-- Hollis-

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 02:24 PM

Great looking writing board, simple design but very useful. One lucky friend!


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