Sikdewalk chalkboard sign

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Project by Von posted 07-28-2014 08:00 PM 1148 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

A couple months ago I saw something that a fellow ‘jock built for signage at a local market.

I loosely used his idea to build a couple of small sign boards for my wife to use at her market stand. Those signs got me my first ever commissioned bit of woodworking. One of the other vendors at the local farmer’s market requested a large chalkboard sign, as big as I could possibly make it. ( I could probably have gone a wee bit larger, but then it would be rather stubborn and a bit cumbersome to tote around from event to event…)

It took me 4 shots to make this goofy thing. Originally it was made of white oak. My router fence moved as I was working on the parts and blew out the dados and fascia trims. So version 2 was out of pine. We had some wacky weather and that build turned into a twisted warped P.o.crud that nearly made me cry. (half lap joints, 80 degree temp swings, and 70%+ moisture levels do BAAAAD things to wood and poly glues….baaaaaaad baaaaad things)

Version 3 I cut absolutely wrong….. got the gummy miters cut on the wrong side, so my “inside dado” was on the outside…...GAAAAAAAAH!!!

This is version 4.0 Each side is different from the other. Both in build design, and trim/fascia molding. Why? well, I wanted the client to have something different than anyone else. And I couldn’t justify scrap’n all of the work I had done.

It’s built fairly stout: all joints are pinned, doweled, and braced. The back sides have spanners to support drawing pressure, and it’s triple hinged.

40” tall, 38” wide, and the drawing area is a little bigger than 24” by 33” The oak framing got 4 coats of sanding sealer, 3 coats of poly clear and a nice buffed wax finish coat. It beads water like a duck in a pond! The blackboard was made from luan and painted with chalkboard paint from the local bigbox store.

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 08:45 PM

Nice Job!

Probably get you more worktoo.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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