Creating a Portable Museum

For a while now, I’ve wanted to create a portable museum to display student work around our school and at feeder schools.  With the help of a great tech teacher, we have finally put it together.

Clearly, we need to paint the museum. Still, we wanted to test the museum, so we assembled it a little early. Still, it works well, and can be broken down easily.

What you will need:

  • 6 sheets of 1/8 MDF, cut to 24 x 48 inches (usually pre-cut at home improvement stores)
  • 6 peices 2×4, each 24″ long
  • carpenter’s glue
  • corner bead
  • hot glue gun

 I: Create slots

  1. Cut long slots into 2x4s for the MDF sheets. Each cut needs to be 1/8″ wide (or slightly wider), and 1″ deep. The cut needs to run the length of the 2×4
  2. Cut cross slots that will allow panels to overlap. The slot needs to be perpendicular to the cut in step 1, and 2″ from the end of the 2×4. You need to cross slots on each 2×4 (one at each end).

II: Glue

    1. Glue one of the MDF panels into the slot of a 2×4. REMEMBER: do not match up the corners perfectly. Instead, glue the MDF so that it is 2″ off-center with the 2×4. You need to have a 2″ over-hang; this will allow you to interlock the panels.
    2. Cut the corner bead into 4″ lengths. We will use these lengths to create a channel that will hold the panels together.


    • Glue the corner beads to the one of the top corners of the MDF. Make sure that you are consistent with your placement; either glue them all on the over-hang, or all on the other end.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. I think this is an amazing idea and that you will get so much use out of this…not only this year but well beyond. Congrats. Will you keep us up to date on how it’s going?

    1. jimpedrech says:

      Absolutely! Thanks for the feedback!

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