Today’s project is so easy, I named it the Easy Clipboard Stand (catchy name, no?) This is a great way to upcycle an old clipboard and a scrap 2×4. This clipboard stand is super versatile. It can be used as a traditional stand for announcements; a copy stand; a recipe holder; an art frame or anything you need to bring attention to. Plus, if you use a dark chalk paint color, it can be used as a chalkboard sign. Bonus.
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- 2×4 scrap of wood
- Chalk Paint
- Foam Brush
- Paint Brush
- Sanding block
- Antiquing Wax
- Clear Furniture Wax
- Table Saw
- GRR-Ripper 3D Push Block
Cut the 2×4 scrap to the same width as the clipboard. Set your table saw blade approximately 2/3 height of the 2×4 block. Angle the blade to 15 degrees. Carefully slide the block over the blade. You’ll notice I use a GRR-Ripper Push Block to keep my hands away from the blade. (If you own a table saw, you need one of these!)
The 2×4 should look like the photo below.
Test fit your clipboard. If it doesn’t fit, tap the fence on the table saw to move it slightly and cut another groove next to the first.
If your clipboard is plexiglass, sand the surface of the lightly. (Masonite clipboards shouldn’t need sanding.)
Insert a small broken shim into the clip to hold it open.
Paint one coat of chalk paint on the clipboard. Paint side-to-side for this coat.
When the paint has dried, reposition the shim. Lightly sand the clipboard.
Paint a second coat on the clipboard. Your paint strokes should go top to bottom this time for maximum coverage.
While the clipboard is drying, paint the 2×4 block with paint.
After the paint on the block has dried, you can add some depth and finish coat it with an antiquing wax and/or clear wax.
Insert the clipboard into the 2×4 base and enjoy your Easy Clipboard Stand anywhere!