With a hobby like DIY woodworking, it’s pretty hard to ever run out of project ideas. Everyone I know has requests for furniture, decor, etc. that they’d like me to make them. Well, maybe not literally everyone, but it sometimes feels like it. This week, I’ve taken one of those requests and built an A-frame chalkboard for my brother who manages a restaurant over in Port Huron. I love this chalkboard because it’s versatile – you could use it in your kitchen, in a kids’ playroom, or in my brother’s case, as sidewalk business advertisement.
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Kreg Jig Mini
- Hand Sander
- Measuring Tape
- Speed Square
- Eye Protection
- (1) Sheet of 1/4″ MDF or Plywood
- (4) 2 x 3 x 72″ Select Pine
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint or Wood Stain
- (2) Hinges
- Wood Glue
- 1 1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1″ Wood Screws
Step 1 – Paint Chalkboards
Since chalkboard paint takes more time to dry between coats than traditional paint, I began by painting my first coat. Using a foam paint roller for a smooth finish, I painted one side of each piece of MDF board following the instructions on the paint can. The brand I used was Rustoleum. After waiting the required drying time, I finished with a second coat.
Step 2 – Assemble Frames
The first step to build the frame is to drill pocket holes into the 20.5″ pieces of pine. I drilled one pocket hole into each end of the four boards with my Kreg Jig Mini.
To create the frame, I attached the 20.5″ boards flush to the 41.25″ boards with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. You can see in the picture above where the speed square comes in handy in order to keep the frame’s corners at 90°.
The second 20.5″ board is attached in the same way as the first, only this one is placed 4″ from the opposite ends of the frame. Repeat this process with the remaining boards to create the second chalkboard frame.
Step 3 – Sand & Stain
As the select pine is very smooth to begin with, I prepped the frames by sanding them with just 220 grit sand paper to give the stain a better surface to adhere to. I used Minwax Wood Stain in “Special Walnut” for my piece. To keep the stain away from the chalkboard finish, I stained the face and edges and let that dry before attaching the MDF. I stained this portion separately.
Step 4 – Attach Chalkboard
With wood glue and 1″ wood screws, I attached the chalkboards to the frames leaving an even space all around the edges. After both are attached, you can will need to stain the edges and the back of the chalkboard.
Step 5 – Add Hinges
I attached the hinges leaving an even space between the two chalkboards. This allows for the A-frame and easy fold-up for storage.
And it’s done! How cute is that? It will be great for the restaurant to write specials and bring in customers from the street.
Thanks for stopping by, friends! I hope to see you again soon!