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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.

14 thoughts on “DiResta: Rustic Bulletin Board

  1. randomjnerd says:

    What did I tell you last time you used reclaimed wood? Metal detectors are cheaper than sawblades.

  2. jimmydiresta says:

    Thank you , the old Steel Cut nails are very brittle , they break very easy , and they cut easy too. so i don’t mind cutting through these old nails once in a while. it will not hurt an old rip blade used for this task alone, it the sparks and the shrapnel that you need to watch. the sparks can set sawdust on fire. so must be carful of this. thank you

  3. cmobleydesigns says:

    I enjoyed your post. Thank you for sharing.
    Chris Mobley

    1. jimmydiresta says:

      Thank you ! nice work yourself! thank you !!

  4. asciimation says:

    Another nice little film, thanks! I like how you bend the curve on the coat hooks. I am learning that a lot of metalworking is finding things around you you can use and adapt in order to bend and shape steel. I need to shapes things and end up thinking well, if I weld this piece of angle to that bit of round then put this in the vice and clamp that here I can bend the steel like that.

    I am building up a fine collection of pipes and angles and other steel offcuts to have about for such purposes. Every-time I visit my local steel place I go through their offcuts bin and come away with useful little bits and pieces.

    I see you use TIG a lot. I don’t have that (I do MIG though) so I am using gas (oxy-acetylene) more and more. Great for heating and bending then brazing and welding. Will soon even be welding thin aluminium sheet with it.


    1. jimmydiresta says:

      Thank you for watching !! , get your hands on a tig , makes welding easy ! thank you !!!

  5. Dave says:

    Jimmy – Another great video. I love your stuff and the way you make the videos too. Looking forward to many more.

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