DiResta: Rustic Bulletin Board

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DiResta: Rustic Bulletin Board

In each bi-monthly episode of DiResta (every other Wednesday at 2pm PST), artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) lets us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy makes a burly bulletin board from dumpster-dived wood and coat hooks he fabricated himself. – Stett Holbrook

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  • Homasote
  • Old beam
  • 3/16″ steel rod
  • 3/4 ” steel flat stock
  • Small wood lags
  • A few screws
  • Cotton cloth


  • Joiner
  • Table saw
  • Chop saw
  • Band saw
  • Blow torch
  • Homemade bending jig
  • TIG welder
  • Bolt cutter
  • Chisel

Jimmy’s Notes:

A client asked me to make a rustic bulletin board with hooks. In keeping with the look, I decided to use a floor joist I took out of a dumpster on 2nd Ave in the East Village. I removed most of the nails. In the opening of the video, I discover a nail I missed. Good thing for my safety glasses! The design called for vintage coat hooks. I looked online, but I couldn’t find a set of five. While searching, I looked at several pictures and realized I could most likely make them. I had a steel 3/16″ steel rod in stock and a TIG welder and made them with that. It took a little figuring out what step to do first, but as you can see, I worked it out. I aged the hooks with Jax blackener. In keeping the the rustic country look, I covered the homasote bulletin board with with cotton fabric. Homasote is often used for sound proofing, but it makes a great bulletin board.

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