My Daughters 1st Chalk Board

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Project by Martyroc posted 03-26-2012 01:46 AM 1735 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Daughter said to me yesterday, ” I want to build something”, so after 20 minutes of me suggesting things to build I noticed the chalk board paint I had on my shelf, and she was thrilled with making a chalkboard.
The frame is 3/4” tongue and groove flooring I had left over from doing the floors in my house, and the board is just 1/4” Luann that she sanded, primed, sanded again and then painted. She did very good applying the glue, but needed Daddy’s help with the clamps.
Now she wants to build a really big one for one of the walls in her room, I told her for that, we will just paint the wall and hang a frame around it.
I think we need to build one of the gumball machines we have seen on here. God Bless my wife who had no problem me stopping the kitchen remodel to make this with my little girl.

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

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 01:51 AM

There is nothing like having your kids in the shop wanting to build something. I get mine in there when ever I can.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 01:55 AM

Nice story behind this piece. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

#3 posted 03-26-2012 02:01 AM

This is great nice job to her.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 02:11 AM

great job marty!! I know you”re daughters will enjoy it

-- wild bill, Stapleton, Al

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 05:47 AM

Very Nice Project!!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 11:51 AM

nice chalkboard, Marty. How smooth did you get the paint? I put two coats on my last one and it left small pock marks. I am thinking maybe I should only apply one for the chalkboard I am making now.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 12:13 PM

I love having the kids in the shop. Great project!

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 04:31 PM

Hi Josh,
It was not easy, and its not 100% smooth.We first sanded the wood with 220 grit then a coat of spray primer, once that dried we sanded again with 320 grit. The first coat of the chalkboard paint was loaded with brush strokes, after that dried we put another coat on with a small knap roller. It says on the can it can be sprayed, but the stuff is like gel stain so it would need to thinned out terribly. We didn’t have any pock marks just a few light brush strokes. On the next one maybe we will try to spray it on.

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

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#9 posted 03-27-2012 03:52 AM

A million dollar project…those daughters will sure keep you busy so keep her in the shop with you and you will continue to be well blessed :-)

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#10 posted 03-31-2012 05:08 AM

All of you with kinds still at home and interested in making something with you, You are so lucky and blessed. Mine are in their forties and long gone, so I can only dream what it might be like to have them making something in my shop. My grand nephews did express some interest in woodworking, so maybe this summer they’d come and stay with us for a while and have some fun making stuff !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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