Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Industrial Chic Chalkboard Easel
This plan is super duper inexpensive and simple to make. I just adore the Industrial Chic Style of this piece. Sure to bring a little nostalgic industrial era fun to any kiddo room or adult home office, or any other room for that matter! Go forth and build this, it will take less than an hour (give or take), promise!
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Oky dok, let?s talk about what you will need to build this industrial chic chalkboard easel!
Estimated Cost to Build: Under $25
Kreg Jig ? this is optional but will make some of your connections much much easier?recommended.
Saw – Optional if you have your local lumber supply cut your boards.
2 1/2? Wood Screws ? not necessary if using a Kreg Jig
1 1/4? Pocket Hole Screws
7/8? Finish Nails or Brad Nails
Hardware: Butt Hinges and perhaps a Large Lid Hinge like this to keep it from collapsing shut.
2 ? 12 at 8?
1 ? 12 at 6?
1 ? 3/4? x 3/4? square dowel at 24?
1/2 Sheet 1/4? Plywood at 4?x4?
4 ? 12 at 38 1/2? Legs
4 ? 12 at 15? Rails
2 ? 3/4? x 3/4? Square Dowel at 12?
2 ? 1/4? Ply at 16? x 31 1/2? Chalkboards
Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found on the main page of my site.
Build your Frames: You will need 2 of these. Fasten the Rails to the Legs using your pocket hole system set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue. If you aren?t using a pocket hole system, use 2 1/2? screws and glue and secure from the outside of the legs into the rails (blue).
**Finish (paint, stain, weather, etc.) the Frames at this point if you haven?t already. This will keep you from having to work around funny edges and angles.
Attach the Hardware: You have a couple of options here: butt hinges for the top of the easel, connecting the 2 sides and allowing them to open and close, and you might use a chain at the bottom to keep it from opening to far, or perhaps a large lid or drop front hinge at the bottom connecting the 2 sides and keeping it open at a certain distance without fear of it closing. I am thinking something along these lines here, Large Lid Hinge attached sideways.
Fill and Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School
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