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Instead of discarding your wine corks, assemble them into a bulletin board that’s both useful and stylish. This 14” square board is about the right size to hang anywhere in your kitchen, study or den.


Below are the TOOLS + MATERIALS you will need to make your own Wine Cork Board:

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How to Make Your Own Wine Cork Board

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    Use your BLACK+DECKER 4.5 Amp Jigsaw to cut the following pieces of 1 x 2 pine for the border trim of the bulletin board:

    • (2) pieces, 11” long for the top and bottom
    • (2) pieces, 14” long for the sides

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    Sand the trim pieces smooth on one side, using your BLACK+DECKER 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander and 100-grit sandpaper. Slightly round over the corners and edges on all pieces.

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    Apply hot glue to the trim pieces, one at a time. Assemble them flat on the plywood, flush with the plywood edges to form a border.

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    Place the board facedown so the plywood back is facing up. Use the BLACK+DECKER 12V MAX* Cordless Lithium Drill/Driver to drive eight 3/4” screws, evenly spaced, through the plywood to secure the trim.

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    Use a small craft brush to paint the trim using any color of acrylic craft paint. One coat is fine, but two coats will add more depth. Acrylic craft paint is considered a water-based paint. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommended dry time.

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    Select the corks for the board, arranging them by type, shape, size and/or color for continuity. Lay the corks on their sides onto the board. Experiment with different patterns and configurations to find the best arrangement.

    TIPS:

    • Because corks vary in height, standing them on end would result in an uneven surface. Laying the corks on their sides and assembling them in patterns to create a surface that is flat and even.
    • Most repetitive patterns are appealing whether diagonal, horizontal, vertical or a combination of all three.

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    Glue each cork to the plywood with hot glue, starting in the center and working toward the edges, following your pattern.

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    Trim corks to fit along odd-shaped or skinny edges, using a serrated knife. Apply hot glue and fit them as needed to fill the remainder of the board.

    WARNING: Always wear protective gloves when trimming corks to avoid accidentally cutting yourself.

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    Spray your cork board with a light coat of aerosol lacquer, which helps bring out the color and texture of the corks.