How to make a chalkboard table

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How to make a chalkboard table

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Project Overview

Kids love to draw with chalk and this chalkboard table is perfect for the budding little artist. It will make a great addition to any kid’s bedroom and it’s a really easy project to make. Continue to step-by-step instructions
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Cut your timber
2 Mark out a 600mm square and find the centre
3 Drill a hole for the router
4 Cut out the table
5 Measure and mark for the legs
6 Drill the holes for the legs
7 Find the centre of the dowel legs
8 Drill holes in the dowel
9 Attach the legs to the table
10 Putty the holes
11 Sand the legs
12 Paint the table
13 Time to play!
  • Step 1. Cut your timber

    Before you start this project, you can have your timber pre-cut at Bunnings. We had our ply panel cut to a manageable size so we could make our 600mm x 600mm markings. The dowel for the four table legs were cut to 600mm each.

  • Step 2. Mark out a 600mm square and find the centre

    On your piece of plywood, measure out and mark a 600mm square. Use the spirit level to draw two diagonal lines from corner to corner and mark where these lines intersect.
  • Step 3. Drill a hole for the router

    Use a 3mm drill bit to pre-drill a hole in the centre of the table, which will act as a guide for the router.
  • Step 4. Cut out the table

    Clamp the plywood to the workbench with some wood underneath to stop the bench from getting cut. Set your router to cut a large circle with a radius of 300mm. Then with your safety gear on, secure the point of the router arm and start cutting the circle.

  • Step 5. Measure and mark for the legs

    Using the lines marked on the plywood, measure 200mm from the centre along each of the four lines. Mark these spots where the table legs will go.

  • Step 6. Drill the holes for the legs

    Clamp the plywood to the workbench. Using a 3mm drill bit, pre-drill the four holes for the legs where you’ve marked.

  • Step 7. Find the centre of the dowel legs

    Use the tape measure to find the centre at the top of the dowel legs. Mark the spot on all four legs.

  • Step 8. Drill holes in the dowel

    Clamp the dowel to the workbench and drill holes in the centre of the dowel with a 3mm drill bit.

  • Step 9. Attach the legs to the table

    Clamp the table to the workbench. Apply PVA wood glue to the top of the dowel. Use 75mm bugle screws and the hex bit to fix each leg to the table.

  • Step 10. Putty the holes

    Putty up the holes with wood filler. Let it dry and then sand with 180 grit sandpaper. Also lightly sand around the edges of the tabletop to remove any splinters.

  • Step 11. Sand the legs

    Use the 120 grit sandpaper to sand the legs until they’re smooth, which will give you a great finish.

  • Step 12. Paint the table

    To complete your table, use a roller to paint the top of the table with chalkboard paint. We also painted the top part of the legs to match. When you’re painting, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and work in a well ventilated area with your safety gear on.

  • Step 13. Time to play!

    Now your chalkboard table is finished, your kids can get creative! All you have to do is wipe it over occasionally and it will last for ages.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Clamps
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Drill
  • 3mm drill bit and 5mm hex bit
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Orbital sandpaper
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller and roller tray
  • Pencil
  • Putty knife
  • Router
  • 180 and 120 grit sandpaper
  • Masking tape

Materials

  • Safety glasses
  • Spirit level
  • 600mm x 600mm x 30mm ply sheet
  • 40mm x 600mm hardwood dowel x 4
  • 75mm bugle bolts x 4
  • Blackboard paint
  • Paint
  • PVA glue
  • Wood filler
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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