April 16 2018
Chalkboard coat racks are a fun way to jazz up your home and to add a little character. This is a fun and simple project you can easily tackle in an afternoon. The project is made out of pine boards, some plywood, hooks, etc.
Qty 1: 1x3 by 8 foot long board $5
Qty 1: ½ inch thick by 4 feet long by 1 ½ inch pine $4
Qty 1: ¼ inch thick - 2 feet by 4 feet plywood: $9
Qty 3: Hooks $4/hook and ½ inch screws
Qty 1: Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer in Satin Oxford Blue (available at Ace Hardware)
Qty 1: Krylon Chalkboard Paint in Black (available at Ace Hardware)
½ inch nails
¾ inch nails
1 ¼ inch long pocket hole screws
Miter saw or Circular Saw
Nailgun or hammer
Pocket hole jig
Make Your Cuts
Start by downloading the FREE Chalkboard Coat Rack Plans here. Cut the boards to length on a miter saw or circular saw. The boards are ¾ inch thick by 2 ½ inches wide. I cut the two longer boards to 39 inches and the shorter boards to 21 inches. I cut the ½ inch thick boards that are 1 ½ inches wide to 16 inches in length.
If you can’t find 1x3 boards at your local store, rip a 1x4 down on a table saw.
Create Pocket Holes
Use a pocket hole jig to create two pocket holes at the end of each long board. Set it for ¾ inch thick stock.
Use 1 ¼ inch long pocket hole screws to attach the boards.
Create a ¼ inch deep by ½ inch rabbet or inset for the plywood.
Use a circular saw to cut the ¼ inch plywood to size. It should be cut to fit in the inset.
Use a miter saw to cut a 45 degree angle at each corner of the plywood so it will fit.
Once the paint is dry, attach the chalkboard from the back using ½ inch nails. I used an 18 gauge nailer. Make sure to wait the full twenty four hours before first use with chalk on the Chalkboard Paint surface.
Attach the ½ inch thick trim boards to separate the panels. Use ¾ inch long nails.
Secure Coat Hangers
Space the coat hangers evenly and attach using ½ inch long screws.
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