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I'm going to make it out of 1/4" plywood, since I have some left over from another project. The one you built will probably last forever. It's just the thought of stubbing my toe when I get that 2:00 AM phone call that is not appealing to me. I'm going to use the current plastic mat as a template. I will show you when it's done.
Going to make it this weekend. I'm going to use it as a door hanger for Halloween. Instead of using Dowels, I'm going to fasten it to 1/4" plywood, since I have plenty of scrap stock. Keep the excellent ideas coming! :-)