A roll away chalkboard can be a handy tool if you teach a special class or have to move a presentation from room to room. Using some simple materials and tools, you can build your own rolling chalkboard, which can save costs over purchasing a similar item pre-made. Plus, making the chalkboard by hand allows you the freedom to customize the project to the size you need. In just a few hours, you can have a finished rolling chalkboard to use in your lessons.
Things You'll Need
- Plywood square
- Chalkboard paint
- Electric drill
- 4 screws
- 4 screws
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Purchase an easel designed to hold a canvas piece of art work. You can find these at most craft stores or art supply shops.
Cut a piece of plywood board to about 3 feet by 3 feet. Most building supply stores can cut the board to size at no extra cost.
Coat one side of the board with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint is a material that gives a chalkboard finish when dry, and you can write on it with chalk just like a traditional chalkboard. It can be found at craft stores and building supply stores. Let the paint dry.
Prop the chalkboard piece on the easel, where the canvas art would traditionally go. Secure the chalkboard in place by drilling two screws along each side, so the screw goes through the chalkboard and into the frame of the easel behind it.
Place the easel on a dolly. A dolly is a flat pulley object with wheels underneath, and you can find them at building supply stores. Secure the easel in place by drilling a screw underneath each leg of the easel, going through the bottom of the dolly so the screw drills up into each easel leg.