|Project by Josh||posted 02-19-2012 01:03 AM||1034 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
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