Magazine article Sunset

Message Center: Create a Compact Cabinet with a Bulletin-Board Door. (Weekend Project)

Magazine article Sunset

Message Center: Create a Compact Cabinet with a Bulletin-Board Door. (Weekend Project)

Article excerpt

Conquer clutter by making a message center designed to hold lists, bills, keys, pencils, and odds and ends. A purchased cork bulletin board forms the door to a shallow box; the size of the bulletin board determines the size of the unit. We used a 13 1/4- by 19 1/4-inch pine-framed board that cost about $8. A frame of 1-by-2s and a short length of dowel organize the interior. There's even space for eye hooks to hold keys.

TIME: About one day, not including painting and drying time

COST: Under $40.

Materials

For a cabinet that is roughly 14 by 20 inches

* Framed bulletin board

* 6 to 8 feet of pine 1-by-3

* 1 1/2-inch finishing nails

* 1/4 sheet of 1/8-inch plywood

* 1/2-inch wire brads

* 2 feet of pine 1-by-2

* 8-inch length of 3/8-inch dowel

* wood glue

* wood putty

* sandpaper

* clear sealer

* sheet of heavy poster board (from craft stores)

* two 1 1/2-inch hinges

* magnetic catch

* door pull

* six eye hooks

* two expansion bolts (to affix to wall)

Tools

* saw * hammer

* nail set

* carpenter square

* electric drill

* craft knife

* screwdriver

Directions

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