Prototype 2

The Foam Core/ Flexiron base was a success from a functionality standpoint.  However, the time it takes to cut the flex iron into pieces and stick them on the board is not insignificant.  The obvious alternative is to simply use a ferrous sheet metal.  Hypothetically, the sheet metal can be hung on the wall as-is – saving hours of time.

I worked a little with a 24 gauge steel sheet a few weeks ago, which I found to be too heavy to comfortably hang on a wall without using some sort of wall anchors or a stud.  I was able to find 26 gauge galvanized steel which is a) cooler looking and b) maybe 30% lighter.

I bought several e 24×24 squares (same as the foam core design) and hung them on the wall.  I had the corners rounded and 8 holes punched into each square.  Hanging them on the wall was a bit trickier – but doable.  I made sure I put the first square up exactly where I wanted – taking care to keep it level.  Then I was able to use that squares as an anchor of sorts when hanging the others.  I used 4-6 nails in each square and 72 hours later, they are still hanging tough on my wall.  I think each square weighs about 4-5 pounds.

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3 Responses to Prototype 2

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  2. Jack Akins says:

    Did you place the steel on top of the foam core also?

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