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Ep12 - Chalk Board

Dale lets the kids explore their artistic creativity by building them an adult scale chalkboard.  Simple constriction using off the shelf boards and minimal cutting (even the chalkboard was pre-finished).

  • SawStop SST-JSS15-PRO Jobsite Saw
    Note: Most of the cuts could be made by hand with care, and although Dale rip cut a wide boards down for the chalk shelf, he could have purchased and used smaller size timber that simple required cutting to length only.
  • Kreg KR-KMS7102 Presicion Mitre Gauge
  • Carbatec WB-6030 Height Adjustable Workbench
  • Kreg KR-KPHJ720 Pocket-Hole Jig

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    The Process

    This project is a very simple pocket-hole frame construction, with straight crosscuts.  The optional shelf was ripped down from one wider board, but could easily be constructed using 2 thinner boards.

    1. Confirm the overall dimensions of the chalk board to determine the frame size required.
    2. Using 2x of the 1.2m framing timber, mark and carefully trim the top and bottom frame boards to the same length as the long side of the chalk board.
    3. Cut two identical side pieces from the one 1.8m board.  These were cut at the same length as the shorter sides of the chalkboard, less the width of the top and bottom frame.
    4. Rip cut the last 1.2m pine boards along its length, approximately in half.
    5. Using the Kreg Pocket-Hole jig, drill pocket-holes in both ends of the shorter side frame pieces.
    6. Assemble the frame placing the components face down on a flat work bench, clamping them down to prevent movement.
    7. Glue the rip cut boards together to form an ‘L’ shape to make the shelf component, and fasten together with small nails
    8. Attach this ‘L’ shelf to the bottom of your frame, either screwing or nailing from the back.
    9. Lay the completed frame face down on your workbench, and place a generous bead of glue around the back of the frame.
    10. Lay the chalkboard (with chalkboard surface facing down) on the back of the frame.
    11. Carefully weight the chalkboard down (try let to let it move) around the edges of the frame, and wait for the glue to dry overnight.
    12. Once completed, hang your board where required with appropriate fasteners, lightly sand and finish with the desired surface treatment (Dale used Whittle Hardwax Oil).
    13. ENJOY!

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