Brain Board




Introduction: Brain Board

About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author ...

The Brain Board is a cork bulletin board shaped like a brain for helping you remember. Sure, you may have an actual brain that accomplishes these feats, but sometimes it is just not quite up to the task. Whether it be used for small to-do items, important appointments, or for sentimental keepsakes, these items will always be on the top of your mind. This is a painless way to embed something deep into your brain.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

(x1) 12" x 8" x 3/8" black acrylic (at minimum)
(x1) 12" x 8" 3/8" cork (at minimum)
(x1) 12" x 8" x 3/16" plywood (at minimum)
(x1) Brain vector file
(x1) 3M 30-NF contact adhesive

Step 2: Cut the Acrylic

Scale the brain vector file to whatever size you like and cut it out of 3/8" acrylic.

Step 3: Cut the Cork

Delete the outer perimeter line from the vector brain file.

Once completed, cut the file out of 3/8" cork.

Step 4: Combine

Remove any protective coating from the acrylic.

Insert the cut cork pieces into the acrylic frame.

Step 5: Cut the Plywood

Now delete everything but the outer perimeter line from the brain file and scale it to be a tiny bit smaller.

Add a 0.3" circle to the top center of the brain.

Cut this shape out of 3/16" plywood.

For an added touch, route halfway down through the front side of the plywood shape with a 1" bit. This will later provide an inner lip for hanging.

Step 6: Contact Cement

Apply contact adhesive to the back of the brain and the front side of the plywood.

Stick both surfaces firmly together once the adhesive has dried on both surfaces.

Step 7: Go Use

If your actual brain is not working quite right, let this one lend you some help.



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    19 Discussions

    How many steps do you recommend? Which part of the instructions do you think I should remove?

    Sorry that I'm new to graphics programs, but I'm using Inkscape to create my .svg file from the .jpg. Using paint or other program, what is the simplest method to delete the outer perimeter line for the cork or leave just the line for the plywood. Thanks.

    i love this. I'm gonna make the poor people version of this with paint and cork board. Thanks for the tutorial. :D

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    1. The act of removing a lab (more usually from a building than from a person).

    2. The act of being removed from a lab (more usually a person than a building).

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    This is awesome. I'd love to make one. I've had several brain surgeries and we have tons of brain jokes around this house as a coping mechanism. We are wondering though about how to cut the acrylic. I thought that was a difficult thing to do? Any tips? Great job! I LOVE it! --from Zipperhead

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    One of the better tips is to make sure and have both sides of
    your EEG checked before assuming a mono-lateral focal point for
    seizures prior to allowing a "rather generous resection" of a temporal
    lobe in a lobectomy or similar. Having a bilateral focus can make
    having such surgery of limited to no value. Also make sure and have a
    complete intracarotid sodium amobarbital procedure prior to consenting
    to large active areas of brain tissue removal.

    Having made
    that mistake myself, I can honestly say it has compromised my ability to
    be able to enjoy the material on quite as much
    following such a surgery. I will never be allowed to proceed in a life
    offering health care to others as I had done before in emergency
    medicine. Regardless, I try and take a more positive view on how thing
    can always be worse for me as long as I am still breathing.

    It was laser cut.

    Here is a website that will do laser cutting:

    There are also makerspaces and fab shops that have laser cutters. The acrylic and cork that I used are pretty thick. Either you need a fairly high-powered laser cutter or thinner material.

    Love the idea though wouldn't it be better to cut the outline of the brain in cork and use the laser engraving function of the cutter to fill in the details? Then you could use the whole things as a cork board.

    This is so cute! Could you use a wood burning tool to burn the design into the cork instead of doing an inlay?

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    Very Cool!!! (btw... it is spelled lobotomy) I should know... I had 3 of them. just for fun!

    This is by far the most creative cork board I've ever seen! Nice job!

    How about getting it cut on a plotter from vinyl and instead of making an inlay, just using it as a stencil. You could even paint the brain pink!