For the upcoming wedding we needed some way to tell everyone what the various hors-d’oeuvres and desserts were. We thought about printing them on tent cards using InDesign however this seemed a bit wasteful and only a one time use. So with our love for Chalk boards we decided we’d just make a few mini chalk boards that we could use for the various wedding events and then we’d have them for future projects (might look nice in a bakery?).
I grabbed a sheet of Baltic Birch (1/2″) and cut out some 12×14″ rectangles with rounded corners. Took the router and rounded all the edges (this helps to stop the plywood from splintering). A quick hinge on the back helped them stand upright, all that was left was a quick coat of chalk board paint. I’ve always used roll-on paint, however the local hardware store was out and only had spray. I thought this might give a really nice smooth finish, but after 3 coats it was not thick enough and you could even see the wood grain through it. So I drove around town till I found a can of the roll on stuff. Two coats later and they were ready to go! One of the nice things is they fold flat (ie flat pack), so they are easy to transport (and would be easy to make on a CNC…)