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Default Magnetic building board

I decided I needed a better building surface than I had been using, a drafting board from high school. Got the idea of a magnetic one from the forum and tracked down the pieces.

The metal surface is from Home Depot, 24" x 36", for $9.34. I cut the plywood base from scrap Baltic birch I had, very slightly oversize, about 1/8", so there would not be any sharp metal edges. As the plywood was slightly warped knew i would need a base of some sort. I found at a Habitat for Humanities ReStore a surplus drawer, about 22" x 36" x 2" high, for $2.00.

I added two drawer interior supports so the plywood would have more contact, glued them all together with Titebond and used finishing nails to pull the plywood level. Once all was setup, nails countersunk and the plywood sanded, I used about half of a pint can of contact cement to attach the metal to the plywood.

The magnets are from Harbor Freight, the four red are welding magnets and provide right angle support and the dark gray ones are for general construction. The latter are 2 for 98Ę but right now are on sale at half price.

The ply and metal is larger than the drawer. I wanted an overhang so I would have a way could easily clamp to the surface. Typically, I clamp a metal yardstick down and build against it when I need something straight, like a wing. Right now I'm building the Murgatroid's wing there.

Photos attached. An easy and quick project with the total cost about $20.

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great idea and not very expensive to boot.....I like it...
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