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Even More Whiteboards!

I know that I just cut up a bunch of big 2′ x 4′ whiteboards the other day (or rather, had Lowes cut them up for me), but I had a few extra and thought that maybe I’d like some of the hand-held variety.

I had looked into these before, but was discouraged when I saw this:

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So even at $7.81 per board (it’s on “sale” at $21 for three),  for 30 whiteboards, that would be more than $200!!

The large whiteboards at Lowes are <$15, even with having them cut it into quarters (my 2′ x 4′ rectangles). So you could buy a saw (mine was $30 at Lowes) and still not even get close to the price of buying these things online.

I cut mine into 8″ x 12″ because it went nicely into the three 2′ x 4′ boards.  Now I’ve got 34 small whiteboards[1]!  Here are pictures.

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Looks jagged, but is fairly smooth.

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Made lines in pencil first.

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Halfway through this board. It’s good to hold it for the second half so it doesn’t twist off and give a bad rip in the middle. Or put it on two tables of equal height.

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Some are cut; you see the clamps I used, as well as the jigsaw.

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Done cutting!

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The entire set of 36! You see the large whiteboards in the background. And yes that bench says “math”–it’s my father-in-law’s. He was a MS math teacher for 26 years.

 

[1] I have 36, but I got drill-happy before, so two of the boards have large 2″ holes near the middle of the board.

 

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Vertical Paper Holder

New classroom, so I need somewhere to keep my papers. These things can be expensive!

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So my new (mini) hobby is wood-working. And I just changed our license plates (don’t have to hand back NC or NM plates!), and my wife’s parents had a ton of old ones, so I thought I could make this for cheaper.

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No glue, only two screws!

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Hopefully they’re not spaced too far apart. May have some paper-curve issues.

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My favorite is the last plate which reminds me of Toy Story 🙂

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Alaska: not actually my plate, just found in Alaska when I was in HS.

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So you can see how it was put together. Just one cut in the wood at an angle!

I put this all together in about an hour. Let me know if you want more of an explanation of how it was put together. If I had to re-do it, I might leave less space between the plates, but I can always use folders to make sure the papers don’t curve at the bottom.

It was entirely made from stuff I had lying around, so cost: $0.00. Saved $42.11.  🙂

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More Whiteboards!

Last year I went out and bought 2′ x 3′ whiteboards and drilled holes in them so I could hang them around the walls.  It was an old school and so the principal gave me the go ahead to do whatever I wanted to the room’s walls. However, I shared the room and the tables weren’t moving anywhere (because of the other teacher(s) who liked it how it was), so I didn’t use the “vertical non-permanent surfaces” as much as I would have liked. Though I still used them plenty. But students got tired of hanging them on the wall, so they just worked on the whiteboards in groups around the room.

This year I have my own room. And I’m going to go crazy on the vertical whiteboard front. The 3 lb. command strips that I got last year didn’t last the entire year–several broke early on. This time, I’m going with the 5 lb. command strips (2 per board). But my boards are all in NM for the next teacher at my old school, so I went to Lowes to buy more.

They came in 4′ x 8′ sections, and I wanted 2′ x 3′ sections. However, you do the math–that would leave extra space, so I just asked the Lowes people to cut it down to 2′ x 4′ sections for me. Each board at about $15, and I have 26 students max (much lower than I anticipated!!), so I’m planning for 28 at most, so I wanted at least 14 boards. That meant four 4′ x 8′ boards, or about $60. But this investment will last years. I hope.

Oh, and 2′ x 4′ hopefully will be nicer in one way: I don’t have to worry about finding the exact height for all the tall vs short students. If the boards are hung vertically, then there’s lots of up and down “wiggle room”. I just hope the 5 lb. strips will hold!

Did the hole drilling thing again (it worked well last year, until the command strips came down).

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The setup. Clamps + drill + “doorknob” drillbit.

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Whew, got a lot to drill! (14 of these!)

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Brown = dust from after the drilling.

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Measure them carefully so that the boards aren’t crooked when hung.

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All done!

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The leftover cutouts. Trying to think of a good way to use them. Statue-stands?

But if you do the math, I have 2 extra 2′ x 4′, so I think I’m going to use my new Jigsaw (Jig Saw?) to cut these down into personal whiteboards, in case there’s a day I’d like to do that kind of review. Might as well, right?

The nice thing about the command strips + whiteboards with holes is that I can have bulletin boards AND whiteboards on all the walls. Of course, all my bulletin boards are bare right now, so time to work on that!

 

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