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11-09-2011 03:54 AM

I just wanted to share something that I do that I haven’t seen in other wood shops.

I have a chalkboard that I use a lot. I can make some notes, write them in big letters, and see them easily from anywhere in the shop without hunting for my glasses and notebook that is usually full of sawdust. I used to have it in the kitchen when the kids were little. The kids are grown now, but I still like the chalkboard.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 03:56 AM

A chalkboard is a great idea. Not sure I have the space for one in my one car garage, but definitely something I’ll keep in consideration.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 03:57 AM

I have one just like that! Got mine at a rummage sale. Sometimes notes stay up there for months…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 04:01 AM

I have a white enameled hardboard that I framed and hung up. I use it to put measurements on and to make quick sketches of what I’m doing.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 04:40 AM

I had a chalkboard but my wife took it to work. We made ours with MDF and chalkboard spray. Worked way better than I thought it would. My wife had an old frame she wanted it hung in i routed out the frame to accept the MDF. I think I have a picture of it somewhere… I’ll have to dig it out and put it in the gallery. I have to admit that I like yours… the board is way bigger.

-- Mike... It's a big mistake to allow any woodworking tool to realize that you are in a hurry.

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 04:46 AM

I bought it from a manufacturer 20 yrs ago. It hung in the kitchen and had the grocery list, emerg numbers, and kids’ homework. Now it has measurements written big! But I still love it. I know it takes up valuable wall space, but it’s a great time saver to be able to just look up and see what I need. Thanks for the positive feedback.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 03:01 PM

I just painted a kids chalk board with chalkboard paint, and it worked great. I was thinking of making a part of my shop wall chalkboard. Now to find the wall space.

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 11:19 AM

I love having a whiteboard in the study. It’s a good idea for a workshop too.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 01:17 PM

Me too. Check the second photo of my shop pictures.

Besides the to do lists, and etc., it’s handy to use it to write down a measurement that I want to remember, without having to look for a paper and pencil, and then after writing it on a piece of paper, trying to remember where I put it, etc. I never forget where the chalk board is, and 99% of the time the chalk is where it belongs as well.

-- Joe

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#9 posted 11-12-2011 04:19 PM

That kid who just did the video shop tour (newenglandwoorworker I think) had a white board on his shop wall. It’s a great video, you should all watch it. Nice kid too…

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 03:54 AM

I write all my needed stuff on my assembly table. When it gets full of notes and measurements, I sand it all off. I dont have any wall space left.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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