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
- 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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.