This step by step woodworking project is about chalkboard with shelves plans. This article features detailed instructions for building a beautiful chalkboard with storage shelves and key holder. The best part of this project is that you can build the chalkboard in just a few hours. We have designed the plans to keep the expenditures under control and to involve the least amount of work possible. I have teamed up with Jack from HowToSpecialist for this project. You can see how to build this chalkboard here.
When buying the lumber, you should select the planks with great care, making sure they are straight and without any visible flaws (cracks, knots, twists, decay). Use a spirit level to plumb and align the components, before inserting the galvanized screws, otherwise the project won’t have a symmetrical look. If you have all the materials and tools required for the project, you could get the job done in about a day.
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Chalkboard with Shelves Plans
- A – 2 pieces of 1×3 lumber – 24″ long, 2 pieces – 31″ long, 1 piece – 19″ long FRAME
- B – 1 piece of 1/4″ plywood – 24″x25″ long CHALKBOARD
- C – 1 piece of 3/4″ plywood – 8 1/2″x19″ long PANEL
- D – 1 piece of 1×3 lumber – 19″ long, 1 piece of 1×4 lumber – 19″ long 2xSHELF
- E – 2 pieces of 1×6 lumber – 13 1/2″ long SIDES
How to build a chalkboard with shelves and key holder
The first step of the project is to build the frame for the chalkboard. Therefore, use 1×3 lumber to build the frame. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the vertical components and secure them to the top and bottom slats using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. Leave no gaps between the components and make sure the edges are flush.
Fit the 1×3 support to the frame, as shown in the diagram. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the support and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints to enhance the bond of the components.
Fit a piece of 3/4″ plywood to the frame of the chalkboard. Drill pocket holes along the edges of the panel and secure it to the frame using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and leave no gaps between the components.
The next step of the woodworking project is to build the actual chalkboard. Apply chalkboard paint over a piece of 1/4″ plywood. Attach the panel to the back of the frame and secure it into place using finishing nails. Leave no gaps between the components and add glue to the joints.
Use 1×3 and 1×4 lumber to build the shelves for the chalkboard. Cut the slats at the right dimensions and lock them together with 1 1/4″ brad nails and glue. Leave no gaps between the components for a professional result.
Drill pocket holes to the back of the shelves and secure them to the front panel using 1 1/4″ screws. Add glue to the joints and make sure the corners are square. You can adjust the distance between the shelves according to your needs.
One of the last steps of the project is to attach the sides to the chalkboard. Adjust the width of the slats to 4 3/4″ using a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges and round the exposed corners of the components. Add glue to the joints and use 1 1/4″ brad nails to lock them into place.
One of the last steps of the woodworking project is to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the pilot holes with wood putty and smooth the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.
Top Tip: If you want to enhance the look of the project and to protect the wooden chalkboard with key holder from decay, we recommend you to cover the components with paint or stain.
My friend, Jack Sander from HowToSpecialist build this project and I must say it looks beyond my expectations. Don’t forget to check out his tutorial here. He did an amazing job and the total cost of the materials is under 20 $.
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