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I wanted to get my son a large chalkboard for his room because he likes to draw on a large scale.  Unfortunately for him I'm horribly cheap and infinitely bored.  Real, good quality chalkboards of any significant size are rather expensive so here is how i made a decent quality one for relatively cheap.

Step 1: Materials

There isn't much required.

48 x 48 piece of 5/8" plywood
48 x 48 sheet of 24 ga. sheet metal
Liquid Nails
Chalkboard paint
Base board
Wood screws
Finish Nails
<p>Did you need to prime the sheet metal to accept the paint?would it be good to apply a coat of rustoleum or similar under the chalkboard paint? has any of the paint lifted? Sorry about all these questions, but I'm goin gto be doing a similar chalkboard this weekend (already have the sheet metal).</p>
Great idea. But what I want to know is what the magnet project is. That's like a cruel teaser hint you dropped.
Sorry, it isn't anything spectacular. My son likes to draw his own Super Mario levels on paper and pretend using some plastic mario figures. A few months ago I made him some toy blocks painted like mario bricks and coin blocks (it's one of my other ible's). I'm going to put some magnets in his blocks so he can put them on the chalkboard and draw his levels while incorporating the blocks.
I have 3 young kid so I think that is a pretty spectacular idea. A way for them to add 3D to their artwork. What an awesome idea!
Great! I've to compliment on your quality of work. It has a really good finish to it. <br>Wondering whether you explored any other homebrew/ cheaper alternatives to chalkboard paint. <br>I doubt if i'll get it easily in India.
Great! I've to compliment on your quality of work. It has a really good finish to it. <br>Wondering whether you explored any other homebrew/ cheaper alternatives to chalkboard paint. <br>I doubt if i'll get it easily in India.

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