Design Your Own Cork Bulletin Board

How to install a Cork Sheet

Tools & Materials Needed For A Professional Installation:

  • Rotary Saw, Sharp Utility Knife, Carpet or Linoleum Blade
  • Adhesive – recommended Henry Brand #356 or #176 (or comparable vinyl adhesive)
    Carefully follow adhesive manufacturer installation instructions available online at:
  • 3/16” x 5/32” V-Notched Trowel
  • Hammer
  • Brads/Headless Nails

All materials needed, including adhesive are available at Amazon, True Value, Do It Best or your local hardware
store. HENRY BRAND adhesives are available for on-line purchase at,, or

Step By Step Instructions

1) Preparation:

Be sure wall is clean, dry & that the existing surface is secure. Wallboard should be primed for proper adhesion.

2) Cutting:

The cork can be trimmed with a rotary saw, utility knife, carpet or linoleum blade. It may require more than one pass.

3) Adhesive:

We recommend Henry Brand #356 or #176 applied with a v-notched trowel. Apply 100% adhesive coverage to the wall surface.

4) Installation:

After careful application of adhesive, lightly position the cork sheet*, and press firmly in place (rolling is recommended). Use brads/headless nails in all corners and areas that may not adhere.

5) Finishing:

Cork is a wood product and can be stained, painted or varnished. We suggest you test on spare piece first. For the perfect built-in bulletin board, you may tack picture frame molding around the cork.

6) The perfect cork board:

Your cork tack board does not show scratches, dents or nail holes. It’s an ideal pin-up area. Absorbs unwanted noises. You may use fine sandpaper to remove any unwanted marks.


History Of Cork

Things you didn’t know about cork…
Stoppers Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and, just how big is the cork business? Cork stoppers were found in tombs from ancient Egypt, tombs dating back thousands of years! On the ancient Mediterranean Sea cork was used to make buoys to float fishing nets. During the same time people also made sandals out of the naturally shock absorbing material. Stoppers and corks for wine and olive oil containers were common place in olden days – in fact, it was the ancient Greeks who discovered when cork was stripped from the tree, a new sheath of better quality quickly formed. The Romans, put cork to a wide range of uses. They recommended making beehives out of cork, because of its low heat conduction. The Romans employed corkwood planks in the construction of their homes, a tradition to today in North Africa. The people of this mighty empire referred to cork being used to float anchor ropes and fishing nets, to seal vessels and to produce women’s shoes for the winter. Fishermen also used cork to fashion life jackets – even way back when, people appreciated the versatility of cork.

Cork is the outer bark of an evergreen oak known by the Latin name Quercus (oak) Suber (cork). The first stripping occurs when the tree is between 15 and 20 years of age. Subsequent yields follow at 8 to 10 year intervals. Today, the center of the world’s cork oak forest is concentrated in Southern Europe; Portugal, Spain, Italy & France, which accounts for 67% of the cork oak production. North Africa has the remaining 33%. The total land surface occupied by this oak is 2.2 million hectares (5.434 million acres!) of which Portugal and Spain represent 56%.
The industry employs more than 15,000 workers in factories and commercial departments! In addition, the industry has 10,000 seasonal workers for the cork harvest and the maintenance of the oak forests. The sale of cork and cork products by producers, to the European and United States market, exceeds $1.5 Billion U.S. Dollars annually. Of this value, the cork stopper is $1.1 Billion U.S. Dollars, while the sale of agglomerated cork, cork flooring, and other related products is $400 million U.S. Dollars.

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