Chalkboard Table

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Introduction: Chalkboard Table

About: My name is Randy and I am a Community Manager in these here parts. In a previous life I had founded and run the Instructables Design Studio (RIP) @ Autodesk's Pier 9 Technology Center. I'm also the author of…

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.

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 Carr #8427A67)
- Power drill and 1/4 and 5/32 drill bits
- (x12) Wood screws and screw driver
- Chalkboard chalk
- Chalkboard eraser (optional)


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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.

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    126 Comments

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    terriwarwick0
    terriwarwick0

    Tip 1 year ago

    1. First scuff then prime your surface, this is very important for the chalkboard pain to stay on, any paint for that matter.

    2. For best results use the small foam roller, faster and easier clean up, also not as messy and the paint lies smoother on the table.

    3. I use up to 3 coats of chalkboard canned paint, ALWAYS sand with a very fine sandpaper after each coat is dry and before the next coat is painted.
    All wood is different, if it looks good on 3, its going to be fine.

    Always clean rollers and brushes and wrap in a plastic bag or suran wrap until your next use.
    Paint can be left on roller if it's not for a full night or day.
    The 5 inch foam rollers are easy to clean and really spread a nicer finish. Use these.
    Most experienced chalkboard painters will know this.

    For any help , leave a question, my coffee tables are chalkboard and I love them.
    I am doing a kitchen wall as well, this can be great if you have children that like to draw.
    I've seen refrigerator doors painted with chalkboard paint.

    Its alot of fun!

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    mediocre-diy
    mediocre-diy

    4 years ago

    this is a definite for when i get my own place

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    LindaF1
    LindaF1

    6 years ago

    Now THAT is a kool idea!!!

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    Justin Lam
    Justin Lam

    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is definitely next on my list of home projects! It would work great on my study desk. My only concern is the smudging of chalk and dust problems... Does the chalk spread everywhere when the table is in use?

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    HollyMann
    HollyMann

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I love this idea! I already have chalkboard paint. I love how you added chalk holders also - an awesome finishing touch!

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    Pfarmkid
    Pfarmkid

    9 years ago on Step 2

    where did you buy your chalkboard paint

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    randofo
    randofo

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 2

    Home Depot

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    beauwalker23
    beauwalker23

    11 years ago on Introduction

     Could you make an instructiables on how to creat a ".gif"? How you make your photos flow.

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    jeffconnelly
    jeffconnelly

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

     What you're looking for is called an "animated gif", and they're considered to be (no offence, randofo) a fairly tacky website design aspect. It's pretty 1990's.

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    dhanveetech
    dhanveetech

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I dontno......
    For joke....
    Put it in a balloon.
    Then blow, blow ,blow, POP

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    ilpug
    ilpug

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    meh, i couldnt care less if people think they are tacky- i like them!

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    destructopop
    destructopop

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I not only WANT to make this... I almost feel like it's IMPORTANT I make this. And soon. We're wasting so much time NOT drawing on our chalk-board table! Time to remedy this.

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    what it is hoe
    what it is hoe

    10 years ago on Step 6

    if you're worried about lead....don't be. they sell acrylic latex chalkboard paint at a few stores if you look around with absolutely no led in it. great tutorial also! my girlfriend and i have been looking everywhere for a table to buy and now im just going to make this one instead

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    snowluck2345
    snowluck2345

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I don't think people are worried about lead paint considering it has been outlawed in the united states for over 30 years and most companies manufacture a single product to keep costs down.

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    temuuhe
    temuuhe

    11 years ago on Step 3

    I want to paint my existing table with chalk board paint, do I need to sand my table to get the old paint off? or should it be fine if I just paint it over.

    Thanks! and a great post!

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    Scurvymcdiggle
    Scurvymcdiggle

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 3

    you really dont need to get all of the old paint off. just knock it down and make sure its level. DONT FORGET. use a respirator!

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    randofo
    randofo

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 3

    If you want to make something that is going to last a while, you might want to consider using a chemical paint stripper and some steel wool to really removed the finish. Or, if you don't particularly care, just slap a coat of paint over it. I try to avoid sanding painted finishes as you never know for certain what exactly is in the paint (and it also doesn't typically remove it as well).

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    infomind
    infomind

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Love it!!! ^_^ I am definitely going to make my self one, or two... Or ten!! Make everything with chalk paint!! My walls, my entire house!!! MUhahahahaha!!!!!!!!

    Anywho thanks for the instruc-table ^_^

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    Bigev
    Bigev

    11 years ago on Introduction

    I WANT TO DO THIS!

    But I have no room for a table... Stoopid vagrant college life...

    THE CHALKBOARD PAINT IDEA WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN OTHER FORMS!

    I just don't know on what...