Pre-fabricated rolling whiteboards are expensive, but you can easily assemble one yourself for half the cost!
This is a very easy project that requires only simple tools. You can do most of the project yourself with one person and a hammer.
One person is sufficient for all steps except for the whiteboard hanging, which requires two people.
- Level (optional)
- Wire cutters (or have cuts done your local hardware store)
Cost per rolling whiteboard:
- About $220 for materials
- About $20 for whiteboard supplies
A rolling whiteboard is basically just a whiteboard that hangs from a Z-rack rolling stand with cable loops. Having rolling whiteboards in your makerspace means that you don’t have to sacrifice valuable wall space or commit to a fixed instructional location.
6-Foot Rolling Z-Rack
Various sizes of rolling Z-racks are available; choose one to fit the width of your whiteboard, and with locking wheels to keep the whiteboard in place while educators are writing on it.
Look for a whiteboard that includes pre-attached mounting hardware through which wire can be threaded. Choose a whiteboard size that is compatible with your Z-rack width and convenient for the heights of your educators and the viewing perspectives of their students.
Wire and Cable Ferrule
To hang the whiteboard from the Z-rack you’ll need two 14-inch pieces of 3/32″ braided wire and two 3/32″ cable ferrules, which you can pick up from your local hardware store. Make sure the pieces are cut to precise, equal lengths so that the whiteboard will hang evenly. Braided wire can be exceptionally difficult to cut cleanly without a heavy duty wire-cutting tool. We recommend having it cut at the hardware store to the exact length you need; local stores may be more willing to make cuts for you than large chain stores.
How to Make a Rolling Whiteboard
Our construction plans are are built around a Z-rack base that enables multiple whiteboards to nest together for efficient storage. All you have to do is attach cable loops to the whiteboard and then hang it up!
Step 1: Thread wire through the hardware
Lay the whiteboard face down on the floor. Thread one piece of wire through one of the attached hardware pieces on the back of the board.
Step 2: Thread the cable ferrule
Feed one end of the wire through one of the cable ferrule holes. Then feed the other end of the wire through the other hole, in the opposite direction.
Step 3: Position the wire in the ferrule
Adjust the wire ends so that only a tiny amount of wire extends out of each of the holes of the cable ferrule.
Step 4: Hammer-crimp the ferrule
Hammer the cable ferrule to crimp it around the wire. Use a scrap piece of cardboard to protect nice floors when hammering.
Step 5: Check the crimp
Take a look at your crimped cable ferrule and make sure that it holds the cables securely. Give the wires a tug to make sure that the ferrule will be able to support the weight of the whiteboard.
Step 6: Repeat for the other side
Now repeat Steps 1-5 for the other side of the whiteboard, with the remaining wire and ferrule.
Step 7: Lock the wheels of the Z-rack
Make sure that your Z-rack wheels are in the “locked” position so that you will have a stable base for mounting your whiteboard.
Step 8: Lift the whiteboard
With two people, lift the white board up to the Z-rack.
Step 9: Loop the whiteboard onto the Z-rack
Put the wire whiteboard loops over the top posts on each side of the Z-rack.
Step 10: Adjust the loops
Be sure that the wire loops are seated in a secure location in the hardware, so that the whiteboard won’t unexpectedly shift or slip when used. In addition, ensure that the loops are positioned the same way on each side of the whiteboard so that the board hangs evenly. If you like, use a level to check and adjust the whiteboard’s hanging position.
Step 11: Step back and enjoy!
Your whiteboard is now ready to roll around and use. In addition, the Z-rack shape allows multiple rolling whiteboards to be nested together for storage.