I decided my new little nephew needed a fun work space for crafts, art, and doodling. While planning out my designs I decided this would be a perfect time to test out the chalkboard paint I have seen around. Then the idea hit me to make a work area that can be both a table and a chalkboard at the same time!

It started out with a simple design and got progressively more complicated (as I tend to do with all projects). I am happy with the results and I hope my nephew enjoys using it.

The basic design is a single board held up by hinges and chain. I also added a shelf that can be handy to hold chalk when upright, and adds stability when down in table-mode.

I had to do a bit of problem solving here and there so there are probably some easier ways to do things. I am pretty proud of some of my improvisations you will see throughout the instructable.

Difficulty: Average
Time:      ~1-2 days
Cost:       ~$45

-(1)16x72in pine board
-(1)2.5x72in pine board
-(2) 2in L-brackets
-(2) large eye-hooks
-(2) 3in door hinges
-(1) slide-bolt lock
-Toggle-bolt screws (optional)
-Chalkboard paint
-Clear-coat finish polyurethane (optional)
-About 6 ft of chain
-Cork-board cork (optional)
-A friend to help (optional, but preferred)
-Assortment of washers, screws, nuts and bolts come in handy too


Step 1: Prepping your lumber!

Getting the wood splinter-free and water-resistant probably took the longest.

I recommend taking the time to fill in gaps, holes and cuts with a putty filler and sand it down smooth. It didn't take me long to remember how many splinters one can get from un-sanded wood.

Since I don't own a router, I simply took the sander and rolled it along all the edges to eliminate sharp edges and splinters, this table is going to be used by a 2-yr old after all.

Since this wood is going to have to withstand being abused with finger-paints, watercolor, and probably some amount of glitter; I ended up sealing it with 3 coats of clear-coat wood finish. It took a few days since I let the layers dry 24hrs before adding another coating, but I recommend doing it to ensure a long life of your table.

I did all of this to the large board as well as the skinny one (sorry for a lack of pictures, I trust your imagination)
great job! <br> Ken
Nice job! Awesome idea with wonderful construction :)
Thank you! It certainly pays off to take time in making a project.
You are my hero!
Thank you, I'm quite a fan of your work as well! Your projects are very impressive :)

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