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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 05-15-2010 01:16 AM 1195 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-15-2010 01:16 AM

I often find myself needing a scrap of paper and pencil to do a quick calculation or sketch. Sometimes I want to make a note to myself to remember to buy some #8 1” screws or what the next few steps on my current project should be.

This gave me the idea of getting a chalkboard. But then it would take up space that I could better use for something else. Then I remembered that when I was in college, I had an office mate who painted the refrigerator in our office so that we could use it as a chalkboard.

I bought some black Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint. I put it on a cabinet that I have hanging right by my workbench. The cabinet is unfinished, so I put on a coat of primer and two coats of the Rust-Oleum. The cabinet door was built from some leftover not-so-great plywood from having a new roof put on our house. I think that it will still work well enough for my needs. If not, I will put something smother on the door and then paint that.

Finding an actual chalk eraser was harder than I expected. I found one at an office supply store.

Here it is with the secret detailed plans for my current project. I am now on step #3, which is not as easy as it looks :-).

-- β€œAnd the products of wealth push you along on the bow wave of their spiritless undying selves.” ― I. Anderson

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 01:49 AM

very cool! I like it.

very useful, and we all have chalk in the shop anyways (at least I do -for marking lumber)

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 01:56 AM

Great idea….the chalk board, not the schedule of work :-). Looks like one of mine.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 11:13 AM

i was thinking of doing something similar because the other day while cutting some doors for cupboards I relied on my memory for the size i needed and i was wrong

so now i have to cut some new doors


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#4 posted 05-17-2010 02:10 PM

Great idea! My problem is remembering what I wanted to write down!

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 01:53 AM

Thanks for sharing this nice idea. More importantly, I appreciate the humor in your “plan”.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 04:18 AM

Super idea

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-18-2010 08:55 PM

I gotta write that down!

-- bill

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#8 posted 05-18-2010 10:01 PM

Where’s the step for cutting off the pieces of your big boards that don’t look like a desk part?

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 06:17 AM

Ohhh you do the planning BEFORE you start cutting! Now I see the flaw in my process LOL!

A blackboard in the shop is a great idea.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 02:26 PM

Great idea. I have room to put a dry erase board on cabinet doors. Available at the Dollar Tree.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 02:51 PM

Nice idea. I currently have four clipboards filled with bank paper floating around my landlord’s garage and the car. I’ve actually got a big whiteboard I need to unpack, but I love being able to carry my plans with me, making everyone think I’m absolutely crazy.

-- ~Mark

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