Chalkboard Menu - Wife commissioned

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I used a hardboard with chalkboard spray paint for the writing surface. I used a cheap soft wood for the mitered frame joined by biscuits. I used a router with a straight bit to route a recess in the frame to allow it to sit flush to the wall once the hardboard part was placed into the recess. Weighs next to nothing, so I mounted it using generic picture frame hardware on a 2 brads.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Bill Akins

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 04:32 PM

Looks great. I have been wanting to make one too. Does the chalkboard paint work well?

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 04:39 PM

Yes and No on the paint Bill. It is functional, but I’ve found that the mass manufactured chalkboards erase better. I’ve made a couple other things with the paint before, and they seemed to have the same issue. It erases, but faint trails of the chalk are hard to eliminate without using a liquid cleaner versus an eraser.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 12:23 AM

Nice Job! I was thinking of something like this but with a dry erase board instead of chalk. BTW what time is supper on Friday? BBQ chicken sounds good… ;-)

-- Docopac (a carpenter in a different medium)

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 03:25 PM

Looks great and service the purpose!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 06:55 PM

Enchiladas sound great. I’ll bring the Corona. :-)

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 11:01 PM

I’ve made quite a few chalkboards. To get them not to leave faint trails of chalk you need to “condition” the board first. After the paint is completely dry (don’t rush this) you rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the whole surface. Then you clean that off and when you use the board there will not be traces of what you first wrote on the board. Another tip, before using the chalk paint, first put one or two coats of black craft paint (or any black paint you have would most likely work). The chalk paint is much more expensive than craft paint and this way you can get away with one or two coats of chalk paint instead of 3 or more.

-- ~Julie~

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