Help needed...Magnetic Dry Erase Board Easel for the little guy in the picture

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Forum topic by Camper posted 12-02-2010 04:17 AM 3577 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2010 04:17 AM

well, my lovely wife finally figured out what I should do for our son for x-mas, a magnetic dry erase board on an easel. I looked at a couple of plans on the web and I think making the easel part should be fairly straight forward. I am a little stumped on the magnetic dry erase board part.

I have found both magnetic primer and dry erase white board paint at home stores but the online reviews for magnetic primer seems pretty awful. Anyone have any experience with these types of paints/primers? The white board paints do not fare any better in reviews either. I even saw one where a fellow woodworker did what I had in mind which is to take a piece of plywood, prime it with magnetic primer and the paint it with white dry erase board paint and his did not come out well…

Any ideas/recommendations/experiences you can share is most appreciated…thanks in advance

-- Tampa-FL

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#1 posted 12-02-2010 05:04 AM

I’ve tried the dry erase paint and it is very difficult to get the marker to erase completely. The directions say you have a very short window of time between mixing and painting, so move quick which is why I think there are a lot of complaints.

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#2 posted 12-02-2010 05:29 AM

Find an old white stove or refrigerator or similar appliance and cut the side off…instant white board and its magnetic to! I recycled an old dishwasher this way and it works great. Build a nice frame for it to keep the sharp edges covered an to add some stiffness and you are all set.

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#3 posted 12-02-2010 05:40 AM

I just used the magnetic paint on a piece of mdf to stick magnets too for sticking down my son’s Thomas Trains. It worked just fine for that. But the finish it leaves behind is not exactly smooth so I can see why it would not be a good combination for use under the dry-erase paint.

Go with Mark’s idea about the metallic appliance side. It’s a great idea.

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#4 posted 12-02-2010 06:40 AM

I used contact cement to attach o.otoo thin sheet metal to plywood. Appliance enamel for the surface.
Alcohol removes super dried dry erase marker. For smaller projects, office supply stores sell magnetic dry erase boards for inside of school lockers.

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#5 posted 12-02-2010 06:47 AM

slate works perfect everytime

keeps working long after you are dead

everything else has its imperfections

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 12-02-2010 07:26 AM

I would buy one and change the frame. Many of the white boards that you buy in the office supply section (or at an office store) are magnetic.

if that wasn’t an option I would go with the old dishwasher or painted metal that others have recommended. The smooth/shiny surface works well with dry erase markers.


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#7 posted 12-02-2010 07:20 PM

Thanks for all the feedback! It seems like there are a couple of promising options. One follow up question….whats a good way to cut out the side from an appliance? I do not have much experience cutting sheet metal…

-- Tampa-FL

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#8 posted 12-02-2010 07:34 PM

They have very inexpensive magnetic / dry erase boards of all sizes at Walmart. We have several in our shop in strategic locations. They could bve easily reframed as you like.

Good luck with your project.

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#9 posted 12-02-2010 07:39 PM

Use a 4” angle Grinder.

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#10 posted 12-03-2010 01:10 AM

Camper, I have a 4-1/2”” grinder and the wafer wheels needed to cut the sheet metal.

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#11 posted 12-03-2010 01:46 AM

Thanks Howie, lets see what venue the wife decides to take and I may borrow that from you :)

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will post the final project.

-- Tampa-FL

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 06:38 AM

Finally had a chance to put up pictures of the easel. In case you want to check it out, here is the link.

Thanks for all the feedback. My better half decided to purchase the white boards from ebay.

-- Tampa-FL

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