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Add an elegant touch to everyday meals with wooden place mats made with a flash of metal.
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Measure to mark the center of the 36-inch board and cut it into two 18-inch pieces. Sand the boards smooth.
If you have a table saw or miter saw, you may want to trim the factory ends off the board (about 1/8 inch) to make them smooth and 90 degrees to the edges.
Paint the boards separately on all sides with at least two coats. Let the final coat dry overnight.
Place the boards edge-to-edge and center a 2-inch brace over the joint between the faces at one end. Mark the mounting screw locations and drill 3/32-inch pilot holes. Repeat for the other end. Then screw the braces in position to hold the boards together.
Place an angled brace at one corner and mark the screw locations. Drill 3/32-inch pilot holes and screw the brace to the mat. Repeat for the other three corners.