I can't tell you how many times I've been sitting at the dining room table and have been struck with a 'brilliant' idea and haven't had anywhere to write it down. This table, in fact, was one such idea. I thought to myself, wouldn't it be great if the table were a chalkboard and I could sketch out my ideas right there as they came to me, rather than having to get up and find my notebook? And then I thought that I could also use it to label various food dishes on the table for the benefit of the vegetarian in the household. And why stop there? I could also easily resolve issues pertaining to seating arrangements with a few simple strokes. I could save money on place mats and table settings. I could draw funny pictures of cats being eaten by octopi. And in my mind, it was decided then and there that this table was going to - no - needed, to be made.
- 3' x 5' x 3/4" board - (x2) 3' sections of 1x2 - Wood or craft glue - Some sort of large weight - Chalkboard paint - (x2) black Ikea trestle - Brushes, rollers, trays and drop clothes - (x2) 6' aluminum extrusions (mcmaster.com PN#8427A67) - Power drill and 1/4 and 5/32 drill bits - (x12) Wood screws and screw driver - Chalkboard chalk - (optional) Chalkboard eraser