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the making of a pinboard

written by Jason Knight

One of my first tasks when I arrived to Aimee's place was to make a pin board where she could stick all types of things like cards as well as messages left by past workaway volunteers and visitors.

The constraints of this task were apparent from the outset, I had to make this board and attach it to the wall but was only able to use the 3 nails that were already hammered into it, I was not able to alter the wall in any way, which included making any new holes or attachments (stipulations from the landlord). Another condition was that we need to make this with existing materials already at Veintidos, or salvage some more materials from outside.

The board itself would be made from double layered cardboard of which we had enough upstairs, collected from previous volunteers. The critical part was how would the cardboard attach to the nails in the wall without falling down (as the weight of the cardboard is about 2kg.

I came up with a wooden frame backpiece solution to which the cardboard would be attached to. First, the base layer cardboard was stuck together with existing masking tape to create a rectangle. Then the top layer of cardboard was made from 10 smaller pieces of cardboard and glued/stuck onto the base layer.

This large rectangular board was then glued/nailed/stuck to a slat from a wooden pallet. As there was glue involved, I had to wait a day for the pieces to dry properly before continuing.

Once the cardboard was attached to the wooden slat, I screwed 2 hooks into either end of the slat. This would be used to attach the board to the nails in the wall with wire. However another potential issue came up, that was that even though the cardboard was glued, nailed and sticky taped to the slat, the weight of the cardboard over time might be enough that it might fall down, after all, I hadn't used superglue, and even if I had, it's just cardboard and that is a weak connection.

To counter this issue, I decided to have a second wooden slat on the bottom of the cardboard and attach that with a tensioned string to the top wooden slat, so that the entire weight of the cardboard and bottom wooden slat were now attached to the metal hooks in the top slat; basically, taking the weight off the weak link and attaching the weight to a strong link.

First, the entire pin board (from nails in the top wooden slat) was attached to the nails in the walls with wire. Once this was secure, I used string to attach to the bottom board and take the weight off the cardboard edge and that was it, project finished.

It looks ok, but the entire board is secured only by the 2 nails in the wall, ideally I would have liked to re-drill the holes, put an anchor in with screws to hold the weight of the board....ideally :-)

Aimee Fenech

Aimee Fenech

Lifelong student, occasional nomad, eternal dreamer and writer, permaculture enthusiast, an escaped financial services professional aspiring to a long, healthy and happy life.

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