Bring order and organization to your back to schools routine by creating a chalkboard shelf, inspired by Pottery Barn Kids Family Calendar. You can make this chalkboard shelf with basic, off the shelf materials, the most basic of power tools, with these simple step by step instructions. This free do it yourself furniture plan features diagrams, a cut list and shopping list - everything you need to help you make your own Pottery Barn furniture for a fraction of the retail cost.
12 feet of 1x6 whitewood boards
30" of 1x4 whitewood boards
1 - chalkboard 31 1/2" x 18 1/4" (Make your own from hardboard and chalkboard paint)
Heavy duty picture hanging kit
Either pocket hole screws or nails as noted below.
2 - 1x6 @ 29" (Sides)
1 - 1x4 @ 30" (Bottom)
3 - 1x6 @ 30" (Shelves)
2 - 1x6 @ 6 1/2" (Cubby Dividers)
1 - chalkboard @ 31 1/2" x 18 1/4" (make your own with a piece of hardboard and chalkboard paint)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
This is definitely the hardest step - getting the sides cut to match. Carefully measure and transfer the pattern to your 1x6 sides and cut out with a jigsaw. Sand edges until even and matching.
TIP: Clamp two ends together and sand as one to remove all rough edges and differences between sides.
Attach two sides together with the bottom as shown above either with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws or 2" finish nails and wood glue from outsides.
Now the shelves, same joinery technique. The middle shelf needs to sit 10 3/4" up from the bottom of the sides. Fit the cubby dividers in (next step) to guide you in placing middle shelf.
Add the cubby dividers with 2" finish nails and wood glue from top and bottom. You may wish to finish the wood frame at this step before adding the chalkboard.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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