Lego Wall in a MakerSpace
- First, we had to take down this gray bulletin board. What made this particular project so easy was that we used the straight edge of the whiteboard on the right side and the straight edge of the electrical conduit located below the bulletin board. I did however use my level to determine that both lines were straight.
- Mack Jackson, the Custodian and Rodger gently took down the bulletin board so that we could repurpose it somewhere on campus.
- Rodger then cleaned off the surface of the wall in preparation of the lego boards.
- While this was going on, Shawna created a repeating color pattern of the four boards on the carpet so we could just pick them up, glue and stick.
As noted above, I would now save a little money and go with Heavy Duty Liquid Nails @ Home Depot ($3.47).
- Rodger laid down the glue pattern and we were able to use one glue tube per six squares. Another reason I spent the extra bucks on the plastic glue is that it takes 10 minutes to set up. So, if you make a mistake you can shift and reposition the square.
- I laid each square from bottom end and pressing to the top. Here's an important tip - press firmly across the square after you lay it in. At first, I used my fist to pound the square but found it would slightly shift with the glue. So, just even firm pressure as you go.
- I had it fairly simple in that I had the vertical edge of the whiteboard and horizonital edge of the electrical conduit to be my guide on the first row. If you are working on an open wall, I would highly recommend you use a long construction level to draw straight lines with a pencil.
- When I got to the fifth row, a few of the boards were about 1mm off. It was such a small fraction off that I was able to manipulate the boards to line up with no gaps between boards.
- I brought an extra general adhesive caulking tube from home and used that to glue a line around the outside edges that weren't framed by the whiteboard or conduit. If you have an open space wall, you may want to consider making and gluing a simple wooden frame around the edges so that students cannot pick on the open end Lego boards and peel them off the wall.
- To finish off, Shawna made a cool Maker Space title with the Lego bricks. A total team effort!
Note to self - When I publish these posts, there's a good chance my 7 grandchildren may see and want this too. Stay busy my friends!