Mobile Whiteboard

Nov 20, 2022 |  Author: Nic La |  Tags:  project   wood  

Not everything is easily explained in words and there's never a whiteboard where you need one. The Mobile Whiteboard is a whiteboard on wheels. I had a white gloss Ikea Linnmon desk, but I needed a whiteboard. Some iron pipe later and I no longer had a desk.

Step 1: Materials + Tools


Materials: All pipe is 3/4" galvanized iron from Home Depot


Step 2: Paint the Pipes

Spray paint your pipes according to your preferences. I chose gold for the joints and black for the pipes because those colors go well together. Tape and cork the pipes appropriately to avoid painting the inside of the pipe.

WARNING: Only spray paint in a well ventilated area like outside.

Gold Pipes

Black Pipes

Step 3: Measure Twice, Drill Once

3D Model Back

Before drilling, measure twice. Assemble the pipe backing. Account for slight variations in the pipe length and mark the back and front of the tabletop accordingly. Begin drilling from the front. Drilling from the back first could crack the glossy surface in undesirable ways. After drilling each hole, check that your pipes still line up with your markings.

Assembled Backing

Measure Twice



Done Drilling

Step 4: Assemble the Frame

3D Model Completed

Stand the tabletop on its edge and fasten the pipe backing securely with the caps. Lay the tabletop on it's front and attach the 36" pipes. Place a stack of books under these pipes to raise the bottom ends and attach the lower piping (feet). Push the plastic sockets into the feet elbow pipes until snug. It's okay is some of the plastic is exposed. Screw the wheels into the plastic sockets and tighten with the crescent wrench.

WARNING: If the elbows on the feet are not tightened appropriately, the whiteboard risks falling when placed on its feet. After installing the wheels, use the extra leverage to further tighten these elbows.

Lock the wheels and stand your whiteboard up. If your whiteboard is lopsided, it's probably because of variations in the pipe length. This can be corrected by adjusting the appropriate wheel thread engagement.

WARNING: Whiteboard is top heavy. Recommend placing against a wall.

Backing 1

Backing 2


Plastic Sockets


Locked Wheels

Step 5: Enjoy

The next time you're at a loss for words, use a whiteboard.

Mobile Whiteboard

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