Step 1: Go get stuff
You will need:
- 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
Step 2: Glue
Glue your two 1x2 wood bars parallel and on edge such that they are running length-wise to table.
Place a board over top the two bars, weight them down and let the glue dry.
Step 3: Paint
Paint the table surface with chalkboard paint. You can cover the top with your fine roller and the edges with your brush. Apply a thin and even coat and then let it dry as directed.
Place a second coat and let dry again.
It should look pretty good at this point.
(tip: to save the roller while the table dries, cover it in saran wrap to keep the paint on it from drying.)
Step 4: Prepare Chalk Holders
Cut the aluminum extrusion to the size of the table using your hacksaw. The easiest way to measure this is to simply line it up with table and make a mark where it extends past the edge.
Measure an inch in from each edge of the aluminum extrusion and make a mark. Next make marks at one foot intervals between each of these two holes.
Drill 1/4" holes a foot apart.
Step 5: Fasten Chalk Holders
Hold the aluminum extrusion up to the edge of the table. Make sure it is lined up where you want to install it and then drill 5/32" pilot holes to correspond with the center of each hole in the aluminum extrusion.
Once you have drilled all the pilot holes, attach the piece of aluminum with your screws.
Step 6: Chalk
Put some blackboard chalk in the chalk holder and you should be good to go.