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Project by Lifesaver2000 posted 02-15-2017 09:17 PM 959 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife decided she needed one of those stand up A-frame type chalkboards to write messages when she was at art shows. So, I went to Home Depot and got one of those $10 2ft X 4ft chalkboard panels, and I already had a 10’ 1×6 of #1 SYP. Put this together fairly quickly. Normally I would use tenons in the grooves on this type of frame and panel project, but I wanted to be able to replace the chalkboard easily later on if needed so I used pocket holes.

Each side of the chalkboard is about 18×24 inches, overall height is about 3 feet. This is a bit bigger than the typical “menu board” versions of these that I see around, but seems to be about right for its use.

So, I had about 1 ft by 2 ft of the chalkboard left over, and didn’t want it to go to waste, so came up with the wall-hung message board in the first two pictures. It has two nice coat hooks I got on closeout from Rockler. The bottom shelf has a groove for the chalk; the top shelf is just for decoration. Construction is from solid oak with mortise and tenon joinery. The top curve was something from a set of those plastic french curves, and supposed to be a bit suggestive of the top of a heart.

Instead of placing the chalkboard in a groove, I made a two step rabbet in the back and screwed a piece of 1/4 inch plywood behind the chalkboard. I sized the rabbets so I could replace the chalkboard with a mirror if we wanted to at some point.

Finish on both is Minwax water-based stain in colonial pine, with Sherwin-Williams satin waterborne polyurethane. The color is a bit different between the two woods, with the oak coming out a really nice color. Best part is that the water based stain doesn’t blotch on the pine like the oil based stuff has a tendency to do.

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 09:18 PM

This is a very nice project and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 12:30 AM

Very nice. Very functional…...... You did a GREAT job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 06:22 AM

Beautiful frame and very useful additional features like hanger and top shelf.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-16-2017 03:55 PM

nice project

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