Part 1: The Chalkboards
Step 1: Trace Out The Circles
The easiest way to create circles is to use a pattern, so look around and use what you have. In my case, I used a frisbee, and paint/stain containers. These worked great. Use your MDF board to create as many shapes or circles as you’d like. Keep in mind this board will be secured to a frame, so you will want to keep your shapes about 3″ from the edges of the board.
Step 2: Drill Holes in Circles Center
Once traced, use a 1″ drill bit to drill holes in the center of each circle. This will be the starting point for your jig saw.
Step 3: Cut Out Circles
Using your jig saw, work your way around the circles.
Step 4: Sand
Time to sand the inside and edges of the circles.
Step 5: Chalkboard Paint
For the front of this board, I used FolkArt Chalkboard Paint, and I painted the back of the board using some Behr Semi-Gloss black paint.
Part 2 – The Easel
Step 1: Create the Frame
Time to cut your easel frame boards.
Step 2: Pocket Holes
Create 4 pocket holes in each of the 25-1/4″ boards. See pictures below.
Step 3: The Stain
Time to stain! I used Minwax Dark Walnut. Don’t worry about staining the pocket holes (those will be covered by your chalkboards).
Step 4: Assembling The Frame
Time to assemble your frames using wood glue and pocket hole screws.
The bottom 25-1/4″ boards will need to be attached 1-1/2″ from the bottom of the 50″ boards. This will create the easel feet that you see. You need these feet because this is where we will be attaching your rope.
Your frame and first board should look like this.
Your second frame will look identical, however your second board will be stained on one side and painted with chalkboard paint on the other.
Step 5: Attach The Hinges
Using your 1″ wood screws, go ahead and attach your boards to the frames. Keep in mind that the chalkboard sides will be facing down as you screw these to their frames.
Attach your hinges to the back top sections of your boards about 2″ from the outside edges.
Step 6: Threading The Rope
Next, you will want to drill holes into all 4 feet using a 3/4″ drill bit.
Cut your rope in half (2-1/5′ sections).
Stand your easel up and thread your rope, through the holes, knotting them at each end.
Here comes the fun part..
Chalk it up!
How fun is this!?
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