Turn Those Exotic Leftovers into Clip ArtComments (0)
By A.J. Hamler
There’s nothing more satisfying than starting and finishing a project in a single shop session. This laminated clipboard is not only easy to make, but it also makes great use of all the cutoffs building up in your scrap barrel.
If you’re like me, you cringe when your spouse pays $20 or more at a craft show for something you just know you could do cheaper, faster and better yourself. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking craft shows – my wife and I have done them ourselves from time to time – it’s just that woodworking egos sometimes suffer when spouses think they have to pay for a wooden item they like. I mean, why didn’t they just ask?
(In reality, I know why, at least in my case: If Sally just asks for it, she knows it’ll take forever for me to get around to it. On the other hand, with a simple $20 investment, she’s now assured that I’ll immediately turn around and start knocking that item out myself by the dozen just to prove I can do it better – thus guaranteeing an endless supply of gifts for family and friends. Yeah, I’ve got her figured out, all right ... or is it the other way around?)
Such was the case when she bought a laminated clipboard from a craft show not long ago. Sized for a legal pad, the clipboard was laminated from half-dozen wood species, and featured a stylish chrome-plated clip. Finished in durable polyurethane, it could clearly stand up to the kind of abuse I generally dish out to desk accessories.
And, of course, it got my I-can-make-those-myself juices flowing.
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