Free tutorial to make a folding chalkboard easel from ana-white.com
2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x3 @ 3 feet long
1/4 sheet of 1/4" or 1/8" plywood or hardboard
1 set basic hinges
rope or wire
2 - 1x2 @ 18"
2 - 1x3 @ 18"
4 - 1x2 @ 24"
2 - 1x2 @ 19 1/2"
2 - 1/4" or 1/8" plywood or hardboard @ 21" x 22"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Start by simply building two frames as shown here. I definitely recommend a pocket hole jig for attaching edge to edge like this. An alternative is to glue the frames and let dry. Then use the back plywood later to secure the joint with screws or nails.
Jaime recommends attaching the ledge with a countersunk screw from the back for the best joint.
Paint your hardboard first with chalkboard paint and fit to back of frames. It may be easier to paint your frames before attaching the chalkboard backs to them.
Now just hinge the two frames together with hinges at top. Then add a rope to bottoms to keep the easel open when open, and a handle to the top for easy carrying.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.