A bead board is a tool used in jewelry making to lay out and organize beads before stringing them. It is a flat surface with a grid pattern that allows the user to arrange the beads in a specific pattern or design. The grid pattern on the bead board is typically labeled with letters and numbers to help keep track of the bead placement. Bead boards can be made of various materials such as plastic, cork, foam or wood. They are commonly used by beaders, jewelry makers, and designers to plan out their designs before they start stringing beads. They also help in counting the beads and making sure of the symmetry and balance of the final product.