Turning a Snowboard Into a Shelf
Snowboards are expensive, and when one cracks or is outgrown it seems like a waste to simply throw it away. Instead of letting your old snowboard languish in storage, turn it into shelving. You can mount a snowboard to the wall to create storage space as well as a conversation piece. Fancy mounting hardware is unnecessary; simple L-brackets will do the trick. Repurposing old items into new, usable ones creates interesting home decor, saves money and keeps the planet green.
Measure and mark three evenly-spaced spots along the bottom of the snowboard. Place the two end marks below the spot where the board begins to curve upward.
Transfer the measurements to the wall at the desired height and position along the wall, with the middle measurement matching where you want the middle of the snowboard to rest. Measure out the distance between the middle and an end mark on the snowboard and make a mark on the wall reflecting that measurement. Do the same with the measurement between the middle and the other end mark. Hold the L-brackets up to each mark and make a final mark at each screw hole. Check the span of the three marks for level and adjust if necessary.
Fit an electric drill with a screwdriver bit. Screw the drywall anchors into each mark until the head of the anchor is flush with the wall.
Screw the brackets into the anchors. Place the snowboard on top of the brackets. Screw 1/2-inch screws through the holes in the brackets and into the bottom of the snowboard.
- "869 New Uses for Old Things: An Encyclopedia of Innovative Ideas for Everyday Items"; Real Simple; 2010
Alec Preble began writing professionally in 2007. He began blogging in 2006, writing media reviews for the "Post-Standard" from 2007-2008. Preble received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Empire State College in 2005.
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