Step 1: Materials Needed - Layout Plans
*half a sheet of 1/2in MDF
*half a sheet of 1/2in (any) plywood
*four 30in continuous hinge
*A bunch of small foam brushes
*Paint of your choosing and A Poly finish
*Primer (I forgot to use it, and it seems like it will last)
Once I got all of my "materials" I basically got started cutting the boards. Cut both 1/2 sheets in half (one for the boards and the other for the braces).
As for the layout, I followed Thoying's plan (like just about everything else I did) and used Microsoft Publisher. Having never even used it before, it was surprisingly easy to use, so I don't see anyone having any issues with it. Just make sure you set the image size is set to 4ft by 8ft (the size of the boards you just cut), and put a 4 by 16 grid over it. Than basically go to Google images and search for the logo/design you want to do. Be aware you have to cut the hole eventually, so plan accordingly. I posted the link to my two designs below.
Step 2: Print, Trace, and Tape
For the viking's board I used painter's tape to outline my different colors....this took way to long, and you have to go back anyways, so I would recommend just using a fine foam brush and try to be as careful as you can. Don't worry if you screw up you can always go back and paint over when it drys.
I honestly have never painted anything before, but I knew from grade school that you should start with light colors to dark, so that's what I did. When I went to get paint color matched I got "Flat"paint for the vikings colors (recommended by the dude working), but the smallest size I could get was way to much paint, so for the twin's colors I just got the small "semi-gloss" colors (not color matched, but the colors look right).
Step 3: Paint, Paint, and Paint
Step 4: Drill Hole, Make Braces and Connect Hinges.
I am sorry I don't have pictures of my brace construction (used my phone to take all of these and it was dead that day). You could refer to Thoying's, but they were pretty easy to make. I cut them out of my 1/2 sheet of 1/2in birch plywood. Heres a "crude image":
I just measured an inch on each side of the midpoint, than 3 in in on the bottom of each point. Than use a straight edge and connect the 2 points. Sand them puppies down until the are even (put them back to back), and paint.
My local hardware store only had 4 hinges (30in continuous). All you have to do is drill them to the back of the board so that the part that connects to the brace is flush with the top of the board. Kind of hard to explain with out pictures I know, but pretty easy to figure out when you see it in front of you.
Step 5: Touch Up's and Finishing Poly Coat
So, after that dries I will start putting on my poly coats (probably about 5 coats). Than make some custom bean bags too. I will keep you posted when I finish those changes, and thanks again to Thoying for the inspiration to make these!