We had a need for a magnet board design that was nice to look at, easy to build, and relatively inexpensive. Specifically, we needed it for our Disc Mounts which we created to store and display our CDs around the gaming zone. Learn more on our Disc Mount Project Page. We also used it for our 3D Super Mario Papercraft Magnet Board instructable so we could build, mix, and mash up scenes from the game.
This instructable shows you how to build a magnet board using a 24 x 36 in. plastic poster frame. These frames are inexpensive, fit common poster sizes, and single tin sheet usually can be purchased in this size. You can scale the design up or down for other sizes of frames as desired.
Step 1: Get Parts and Materials
Parts and Materials
- 1, poster frame with an acrylic face (24 x 36 in.)
- 1, cool poster/picture (24 x 36 in.)
- 1, flat sheet of galvanized tin (24 x 36 in., 24 - 30 gauge )
- neodymium magnets (between 1 - 2 lbs pull force)
- 1, roll masking tape (1" wide)
- leather work gloves to handle tin
- hot glue or white glue
- tin snips (unneeded if tin is correct size)
- tape measure (unneeded if tin is correct size)
- straight edge (unneeded if tin is correct size)
- marking pen (unneeded if tin is correct size)
- hammer and block of wood (not pictured, unneeded if tin is correct size)
About The Tin Sheet: Magnets will not stick to aluminum, copper, brass, etc. The sheet can be smaller than the frame. 30 gauge sheet can usually be found at building supply stores in sections that carry heat , ventilation, and air conditioning ducting. Otherwise, suppliers of sheet metal in your industrial districts will usually cut you a piece to size. Bring your gloves to handle it.
Be aware that safety is your responsibility. Please read our Safety Warning and Disclaimer before you start.