Everything that I used was stuff that I already had or salvaged (hence, from leftover materials), with the exception of the non sanded tile grout. You can do the same! Find plywood from some random back lot, at night, without clothes (best camo). Ask relatives for leftover paint, or see if anyone you know has big nuts that they can spare.
*Apologizes in advance for some of the low light, grainy photos. They looked good when I took them!*
Step 1: What You Need.
-4 big bolts and 4 big nuts (as big as you want!).
-Drill and appropriately sized drill bit for your bolts.
-Pencil and measuring tape.
-Paint supplies (roller, pan, paint stirrer)
-Non-sanded tile grout (go into Ace and just ask) (not pictured here, but later in the Instructable).
-Leftover flat finish paint, whatever color you have or like (see below).
Now, you may be thinking that there is no way that using paint is a green thing to do, but it is when you consider the following:
- Paint cannot be recycled, it must be used, or dried up and thrown away.
- Many disposal places (dumps) refuse to take any paint cans due to leftover paint hazards. Some dumps even take leftover paint, put it into a new container, and sell it or give it away.
- The minute you bought paint, you commited the eco-crime. Death to you.
Do the responsible thing, and use what you have.
If you do not have any leftover paint, you can still buy paint, but buy low-VOC paint, which is low in "volatile organic compounds" which are pollutants. These paints are low in VOCs, and also low on fumes and odor, so no headache when used!
Step 2: Cut Your Plywood.
You will want to sand the front smooth, the ridges of plywood can get in the way. I didn't do this, but it occured to me after I completed the project. You will do this, promise?
Step 3: Drill Holes.
Step 4: Mix Tile Grout and Paint.
Step 5: Paint.
Step 6: Sand and Prepare Board.
Then, rub the side of a piece of chalk all over your board and wipe off with a barely wet sponge.
This prepares your board for chalky goodness.
Step 7: Add Bolts and Mounting Wire.
For the top bolts, you need to wrap wire around one of the bolts securely before bolting through. Screw in the top bolts lightly (not all the way), and wrap your wire around the two bolts, creating a wire across the board, between the bolts, for hanging purposes. Tighten the bolts, securing the wire in place.
I used florists wire. Don't use florists wire (if that is what it is truly called). Use a stronger wire if you have it, like iron wire.
Step 8: Hang.
Step 9: Draw.
Let me know what you think! Comment and rate. Constructive criticism is a fun thing to do, and everyone can participate! If you have any ideas to add, let me know through commenting or PM.