Free DIY Plans to Build a Jumbo Framed Chalkboard

11.09.11 By //
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This project will be pretty easy and have such a fun and big impact result! I know how you all love a good chalkboard plan…

Estimated Cost 


Dimensions for This Project


Tape Measure

Safety Gear



Miter Saw or Box

Nail Gun


1 sheet – 3/4″ ply or Mdf

3 – 1×3 at 6'

3 – 1 1/2″ Crown Molding at 6'


Wood Glue

Wood Filler

1 1/4″ Wood Screws

1 1/4″ Finish Nails

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies

Chalkboard Paint

Cut List 

1 – 3/4″ ply or mdf at 28 1/2″ x 64 1/2″

2 – 1 1/2″ Molding at 28 1/2″

2 – 1 1/2″ Molding at 64 1/2″

2 – 1×3 at 28 1/2″

2 – 1×3 at 66″


Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials!

Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices.

Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Step 1 

Cut the Chalkboard to Size and Fasten the Top Trim in Place: Paint the Chalkboard itself first so you don't have to worry about painting around the Molding later. Then begin by attach the Top Trim to it using either 1 1/4″ Wood Screws or Nails and glue. The Trim will sit flush with the back side of the chalkboard and protrude toward the front.

Step 2

Step 2 

Attach the Side Trim: Use 1 1/4″ Screws or Nails and Glue to fasten the Side Trim to the Top and Bottom Trim and the Chalkboard.

Step 3

Step 3 

Miter or Cope your Molding and Fasten in Place: Use your 1 1/4″ Finish Nails and glue to secure to each other and to the Trim Pieces and Chalkboard.

This can be mounted and hung using hardware or leaned against a wall! Enjoy…

Finishing Instructions 

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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