"This office shelf organizer and DIY message board is sure to get your desk back in order"
I am excited to be joining forces with a cool group of bloggers to bring you a fun project for a fun DIY monthly challenge. This month, we were challenged to make something awesome out of a single 8-foot board and today I am excited to show you what I've come up with; a DIY office shelf organizer and message board.
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I had two projects in mind and couldn't decide between the two, so I decided to do both! HOORAY! Not only did I create this cool office shelf organizer, but I also created this fun DIY Message Board to go along with it. You never can have enough organization in the office right?
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Now let's get to it!
Office Shelf Organizer
Let's get started with the Office Shelf Organizer first. This project was quick and easy and only required, guess what...ONE BOARD! Shocker right? For this project, I used a 1x10x8 Select Pine Board.
Step 1: Cut Wood to Size
The first thing I did for the Office Shelf organizer was cutting the wood down to the specified measurements. I used my miter saw to cut down the 1x10 down.
You will need the whole entire board for this project, so make your cuts accurately. Here are the measurements I used for the shelf organizer.
Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes
Once the wood was cut down to size, I began drilling pocket holes in the wood using my Kreg Jig. I drilled the pocket holes into the three 15" pieces on a 3/4" setting.
Step 3: Assemble Right Side of Shelf Organizer
For the right side of the organizer, I first attached a 15" piece to the 9" piece with my drill using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. Then you will attach the other side of the 15" piece to the 18" piece. This piece should be drilled 8.75" up the 18" board.
When its complete, it should look like a little chair; no sitting!
Step 4: Assemble Left Side of Shelf Organizer
Once the two 15" boards are attached, attach the assembled side to the remaining 18" piece using 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. It should be drilled 9" up the 18" board. Now you have two assembled pieces that will make up your office shelf organizer.Now it's totally up to you to attach these two pieces together permanently, but I like the ability to change the size of the shelf if I want and that is it for the Office Shelf Organizer.
DIY Message Board
Next up, the DIY Message Board. I was able to have a little more fun with this one, but still was constrained to using one board. For this project, I used one 1x4x8 board.
Step 1: Cut Wood To Size
First, I cut the wood down to size. Here are the measurements you'll need.
Step 2: Assemble Message Board Frame
I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamp, to help me screw the sides together. This helps keep everything nice and tight while you're screwing the sides together.
Step 3: Stain/Paint Message Board Frame
Once the frame is assembled, stain the message board with the stain of your choice. I opted to go with Varathane Briarsmoke. I'm staining the wood underneath so that when I sand the edges after painting, the wood stain will show through.After letting the stain dry, I painted the frame with Rustoleum Chalk Paint and then after drying, used my sander to sand off the corners of the DIY Message Board.
Step 4: Attach Cane Webbing and Accesories
I've been seeing cane webbing popping up all over the place, so I thought it would be a good addition to my message board. I first had to cut down the webbing to make it fit behind the frame.
It was easy to cut with just a pair of craft scissors. Make sure to cut just enough to have enough webbing left on each corner to be able to staple it down to the message board.I then started attaching the cane webbing to the message board frame using my staple gun and air compressor. I began stapling down one side and then carefully stapled down each side, one by one. The cool thing about this Ryobi compressor. is the fact that its cordless. This is my first experience with a cordless air compressor and I must say I was excited to give it a try. Having this is definitely a game changer in my shop because its way more flexible when it comes to portability and it's push-to-connect quick coupler allows quick and easy one hand operation.This baby may look small, but with its 120 PSI maximum, it's able to provide enough power for pneumatic nailers and even inflate tires. It's said to be able to inflate a car tire from flat to full in one minute and 20 seconds. Now that is cool, for this size of an air compressor.
After the cane webbing was attached, I used my Ryobi glue gun to add on these fun golden clips. I applied a small amount of hot glue and placed them on the bottom of the message board.Now can I just say how happy I was when I found out that Ryobi had a cordless hot glue gun. I hate having to plug hot glue guns in, so this tool was highly welcomed to my tool collection.
I really love that it's self standing because in the past, Ive used hot glue glue where I had to lay it on its side and sometimes it got messy. It also features an On/Off LED Indicator, so you can turn it on and off when needed. This cordless glue gun screams professional.I also decided to add in these fun gold and teal clothes pins inside the cane webbing to hold messages, cards, etc. It gives it a nice little touch.
Now, let's take another look at these cool Office Organizers. Between this office shelf organizer and DIY message board, I should have no problem keeping things in order; at least for now.
I'm in love with how it came out and I am so glad I decided to go with both projects. If you are looking for a quick DIY to do with just one board, now you have two ideas to choose from.