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How to Build a Chalkboard Organizer (page 1 of 2)

Build a wall-mounted kitchen organizer complete with a corkboard, chalkboard and compartments.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Cut Plywood

Cut a piece of plywood down to size using a circular saw. It should be rectangular in shape and large enough to accommodate cubby compartments. For this project, the piece is 44 inches long by 28 inches tall.

Paint Plywood

Pour primer into a paint tray and roll a coat on the face of the plywood. Give it at least one hour to dry.

Paint Organizer

Once dry, paint the edges of the organizer (Image 1). Pour the rest of the chalkboard paint into a paint tray and, as you did with the primer, roll a coat onto the entire face of the organizer (Image 2). This might take two to three coats.

Cut Compartment Pieces

To accommodate mail and other trinkets, the interior for each cubby should be at least 5 1/2 inches tall. The overall height of the compartment will be 7 inches and the overall length will be 44 inches. To frame out this rectangular box, cut two pieces of 1x6 down to 44 inches and two pieces down to 7 inches. Miter the ends of each piece at 45 degrees to ensure a more flush finish.

Build Rectangular Box

Glue each end, and assemble the rectangular box (Using a set of speed clamps for an extra set of hands). Tack 1-1/2-inch nails in with a nail gun at each end to ensure a strong hold.

Cut Pieces for Extra Cubbies

The box will be separated into five cubbies. The cubby in the center will be slightly longer to accommodate mail while the two cubbies on the sides will be somewhat smaller. The interior height of each partition will be at a height of 5 3/4 inches. Cut four pieces of 1x6 down to 5 3/4 inches each.

Measure for Middle Cubby

From the center of the cubby unit, measure and mark 5 inches on both sides. This will give you a middle cubby that is 10 inches long.

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