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This is a chalkboard that I made for my wife after we had this conversation:

Me: Why don’t we get a dry erase board so as to keep track of schedules, grocery lists, etc, etc…..
Wife: Why don’t you just make us a chalkboard from all of your scrap wood and some of those awesome bike parts that you got from the bike shop?
Me: Giddy up.

I beat up the white pine to make it look “old” by dropping tools repeatedly on it. Then I stained the wood but didn’t finish it. She wanted a matte finish; nothing glossy. The board itself was a scrap piece of 1/2” plywood I had sitting around looking board, I mean, bored. “I’ll put you to good use!”, laughed I. I proceeded to overtly sand the bored board and make him smooth. I then cut him with my table saw to make him fit the pre-made frame. After this, I painted him black with chalkboard paint; two coats, he looked cold.

I decided to use the bikes parts because there is a cool coffee house in town that has these giant chalkboards as their menus on the wall. They, too, have bike gears adorning them. That was the impetus. There is a huge bike culture in town where almost every street has a bike lane. So, it seemed fitting…

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 04:35 AM

It’s ok, I know you wanna say something about this chalkboard. Don’t be shy!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 04:54 AM

Nice chalkboard….and those bike parts there is unique.
Maybe it should be in the American Chopper shop, is there any in your town?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 05:00 AM

A unique design Josh good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 06:54 AM

Thanks Josh, I purchased chalk board paint today and needed a design before I got started. You understand although I will give you credit I’m steeling that look, LOL

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 10:20 AM

One point made to me years ago when I made a chalkboard was that the first marks on a new board should be broad strokes made with the SIDE of the chalk stick. After covering all the board in this way, and erasing the chalk, it can be used normally.
If one starts with ‘thin’ lines from the end of the chalk, it can be hard to erase them properly, and they stay as semi-permanent marks in the background.

I’m talking of advice given 30-40 years ago, so perhaps paints and chalks have advanced so broad strokes may not be necessary, but it is worth checking.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 06:03 AM

Marty, you’re goin’ down. It’s ok, I stole that look also! Don, I love your accent; I grew up close to Somerset. Different country, though. Ha! Well, my wife already struck down the chalkboard, so I guess it will have to stay forever marred. Woodworm, there is no chopper shop of any repute here that I know of. But then, I don’t ride motorcycles; I take the bus. :)

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 06:15 PM

That’s cool with the gears on it.

Don is correct, you have to “season” the chalkboard… rub the side of a stick of chalk all over, then rub that chalk in with your fingers, then remove with a cloth.

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 01:47 AM

Julie and Don, I never knew. I will have to let my customers know about the seasoning. I put two coats of paint on the board and when it dried, little pock marks could be seen. I think some of the chalk is there for good.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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