How to Make DIY Dry-Erase Boards for Doors Out of Shelves

by Diywitherinb

Creating a DIY dry-erase board by transforming an old shelving unit is a creative and rewarding project. I'll share my journey of making custom dry-erase boards using 1x3s, pocket screws, and a few other essential tools.

Follow along as I guide you through the process, sharing tips and insights for a successful project.

Tools and materials

  • 1x3s
  • 1/4 inch plywood
  • Dry erase hardboard
  • Concealed hinges
  • Liquid nails
  • Paint
  • Handles
  • Pocket screws
  • Table saw
  • Kreg hinge jig
  • Paintbrush
Constructing the frame

Step 1: Constructing the Frame

Start by assembling the frame using 1x3s joined with pocket screws. This step sets the foundation for the dry-erase boards, providing a sturdy structure to build upon.

Creating a groove for the plywood

Step 2: Creating a Groove for Plywood

Utilize a table saw to create a groove in the frame for the 1/4-inch plywood. Precision is key in this step to ensure a snug fit for the plywood. Take your time and notch out the groove carefully.

Inserting plywood into the groove

Step 3: Inserting Plywood for Stability

Insert your plywood into the groove.

Inserting plywood for stability

To enhance stability, insert a second layer of 1/4-inch plywood into the groove. This additional layer adds durability and ensures a solid foundation for the dry-erase boards.

Installing the hinges

Step 4: Incorporating Concealed Hinges

Use a Kreg hinge jig to add concealed hinges to the dry-erase boards. This step introduces functionality, allowing the boards to fold and unfold seamlessly.

Ensuring alignment

Ensure proper alignment for smooth operation.

Applying liquid nails
Attaching the dry-erase hardboard

Step 5: Attaching Dry-Erase Hardboard

Cut the dry-erase hardboard to size and attach it to the frame using liquid nails. This material serves as the writing surface for the boards, providing a smooth and erasable canvas for your ideas and notes. Let the adhesive dry completely.

Attaching hinges and completed doors

Step 6: Attach Hinges and Completed Doors

Attach the concealed hinges, being careful to screw them in tightly. Attach the doors to the shelving unit.

DIY dry-erase board doors
DIY dry-erase board

Step 7: Adding Finishing Touches

Bring your DIY dry-erase boards to life by adding your favorite paint and attaching handles for easy handling. Choose a paint color that complements your style and the surrounding decor, creating a cohesive and visually appealing look.

DIY dry-erase board

Crafting a custom DIY dry-erase board from an old shelving unit combines functionality with creativity. By following these step-by-step instructions and using the specified tools and materials, you can achieve personalized dry-erase boards that seamlessly integrate into your space.

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