Introduction: How to Make a Clapperboard

A clapperboard is very useful in the world of film making; I make a lot of videos over on my youtube channel ScienceSean and I thought it would make editing easier if I had one so I asked my dad to help me make it. You can buy a clapperboard online and WAIT for shipping, or make one yourself with easy to find materials.

You'll Need:

  1. Circular Saw
  2. Drill
  3. Philips Screw Bit
  4. 1''x1'' Wood Block
  5. Tape Measure
  6. Long Ruler
  7. 2 Acrylic Sheets
  8. Small Hinge
  9. Black, and White Spray Paint
  10. Caulk Gun
  11. Awl
  12. Pencil
  13. Beater Chisel
  14. Masking Tape

Step 1: Measure, Mark, and Cut

Measure the long side of one of your acrylic sheet, add one inch to the measurement and mark that from the end of the wood block. A line can also be marked down the middle of the wood block. Cut along the lines with the circular saw. The line that goes down the middle needs to be wide enough to accommodate 2 sheets of acrylic which will be later installed. The way that I did this is I made 2 cuts side by side than cleaned it out with a beater chisel.

Step 2: Add the Hinge

Using the awl mark a small indent to help guide the screw when it goes in, than put on the screws.

Step 3: Painting

You can now paint the wood white and wait for it to dry. Put masking tape on the areas you want to keep white and and spray paint the rest black.

Step 4: Caulking

Print out the file and insert it between the 2 acrylic sheets. Apply a bead of caulk to the wood and press the acrylic in place.

Step 5: Start Filming, and Enjoy!

Now that you have a clapperboard, what can you do with it? Well, I'm going to leave that to for you to decide, But it can be used for syncing audio with video and switching between camera views.