I watch a lot of YouTube woodworking videos. Since I’ve never had any formal training in carpentry, I find the videos super useful and, more often than not, I end up with new ideas on how to use the tools I already have in my workshop. Recently I was watching one on cabinet-making (random, I know) and watched them make grooves in the sides of the wood frame to hold the middle of the cabinet door in place. They did this using a table saw, which I happen to have.
Since I’d been on the lookout for a chunky-bordered chalkboard for a while, I thought this was the perfect way to DIY one. I wanted something that would add some dimension to one of my kitchen walls.
24×16.75 piece of 1/2″ thick plywood (this is what I had on hand, you can certainly adjust measurements / thickness for your own purposes)
8 foot 1×4 board
wood stain of choice
First, I found a piece of scrap plywood in my workshop. It was about 24×16 3/4 and about 1/2 inch thick. I painted it with two coats of chalkboard paint. (Note: you don’t have to use a piece this thick … I just used what I had on hand).
I cut the groove into the 1×4 board using the table saw. I set the fence to 1 inch for the first pass through and then to 1.25 inch for the second pass through. (I did two pass-throughs to make sure the groove was wide enough to accommodate the piece of plywood. I then cut the 1×4 into 4 90 degree mitered pieces, 2 at 25 1/4″ and 2 at 18″. I then mitered the edges at 45 degrees to make a box for the frame.