I saw some of the new items online at Potterybarn yesterday…as you can tell from our set of plans posted here. I thought it would be fitting to do continue with a few other “big kid” toys for those of us who love all things chalkboard related (me…you too?) and all things storage and organization-centric! I'm a sucker for labels and bins…and chalkboards, oh my!
- Tape Measure
- Miter Saw – or miter box and hand saw, jig saw, or circular saw.
- 2 – 1×2 at 8'
- 3/4×3/4 square at
- 1/4 x 2 1/2 at
- 1/2 sheet 1/4″ Plywood or other thin paintable material
- 7/8″ Wood Screws
- S Hooks in oil rubbed bronze – optional and can also be in any other finish.
- Picture Frame Hanging Hardware
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Finishing Supplies
- Chalkboard Paint – can choose magnetic chalkboard paint to more closely resemble the original
- 1 – 1/4″ Ply at 35 1/2″ x 47 1/2″ Chalkboard surface
- 2 – 1/4×2 1/2 at 35 1/2″ Top Frame Surround
- 2 – 1/4×2 1/2 at 48″ Sides Frame Surround
- 2 – 3/4×3/4 at 34″ Top for step 2
- 2 – 3/4×3/4 at 47 1/2″ Sides for step 2
- 2 – 1×2 at 34″ Top and Bottom for step 3
- 2 – 1×2 at 9 1/2″ Top Pieces on sides for step 3
- 2 -1×2 at 11 3/4″ Bottom Pieces on sides for step 3
- 6 – 1×2 at 8 3/4″ Middle Pieces on sides for step 3
- 2 to 4 – 1/2″ dowel rod at 35 1/2″ the number you use is entirely up to you
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Cut your Chalkboard to size and surround with your 1/4″x2 1/2″ Lattice Board. It is wise to finish your pieces here before assembling so you don't have to worry about tricky edges. You will almost be creating a little pocket for the chalkboard. Use 7/8″ screws and glue. Use the glue carefully and sparingly so it doesn't ruin your finish.
Carefully fasten your 3/4″ square pieces to the inside right up against the Chalkboard surface. This is going to create a stopper of sorts for your dowel rods. Use glue (sparingly and carefully) and 7/8″ screws to secure in place.
You are going to add a second layer of wood now, right on top of your 3/4″ square pieces only you will be using 1×2's on their sides for this layer. For the 1×2's down the sides you will want to cut your boards to the dimensions shown below, then miter both ends (except on the top and bottom pieces) at a 25 degree angle as shown in the example piece adjacent to the organizer diagram below. The dimensions provided are the longest dimensions or your cutting dimensions prior to mitering and will be your measurements from farthest point to farthest point once you have mitered.
Add the Dowel Rods and S Hooks till your heart's content. My recommendation on the rails is to use 1/2″ dowel rods, cut to size and spray painted in bronze. This is likely what I will do for mine, which I will be building this afternoon along with my Mitchell Cubby Organizer.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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