It's pretty easy to whip one of these up for your home bar- I had access to a laser cutter to make the outline of the back piece, but you could also do this with a jig saw or even a square piece of plywood. Let's get started!
You'll need: Metal cup hooks, eye screws (with an eye big enough to accomodate the cup hooks), some wooden slats or other thin material, a can of Chalkboard paint, some chalk, chalk markers, and some sort of sign on which to attach of all this.
Step 1: Making the Chalkboard Slats
Next, I sanded down the cut marks on the ends and picked the nicer side to face upwards. Then I hit them with about 4 coats of the Rust-O Chalkboard spray paint. This stuff goes on *very* evenly; you just want to build up a nice thick coat over many applications to make sure there are no drips or runs.
Step 2: Putting Eye Screws Into the Slats
Hopefully you picked an eye screw size that is small enough to screw into the board without splitting it, but also with a big enough eye to accommodate the cup hooks that are used later on.
A little tap with a hammer usually helps to start these little screws, and then you can turn them in my hand or by sticking a small screwdriver through the eye and using it for leverage to twist. Depending on the material you *may* need to drill a small pilot hole first to keep it from splitting. These slats were some fiber-board based manufactured lumber and didn't require any more than hand torque to twist the eye screws into place.
Make sure you screw them in roughly the same amount so your signs will hang straight!
Step 3: Make the Sign to Hold the Chalkboard Slats
I chose to flatten the bottom of this design so that the sign could be placed on a table, or hung from a wall using s-hooks under each of its' pincers.
You could also just use a nice piece of rectangular lumber, a giant picture frame, an outline cut out with a jig saw, or skip the sign altogether and just install the hooks in your wall.
Step 4: Screw the Cup Hooks Into the Sign
Here you just use the same measurement from Step 2 and your slats should fit on them just fine.
Step 5: Prep the Chalkboards and Write on Them
You can see in the first picture the ripples of the material, and how they are somewhat hidden in the second picture- having a base layer of chalk kind of makes it look more consistent. You can also repeat this step after cleaning the sign off with a damp cloth to prep it for the next beer selection.
Finally, you write your beer name (and possibly alcohol percentage) on the slat. I chose to use 'chalk markers' which are liquid based chalk because it has a much finer writing point than trying to use a regular piece of chalk, makes a nice dark thick line even on non-smooth material, and still erases easily.
Step 6: Hang the Sign, and Serve Up Some Tasty Beverages!
Just a quick wipe with a damp cloth and a quick brushing on and off of your white chalk and you're ready to change beers. Or you could make a bunch of slats so that you can swap them out when changing kegs without having to write up some new signs.