Wood Block Calendar

So after months of watching me struggle to draw straight lines on my current chalkboard calendar, Jamison came up with a better plan. This wood black calendar is coated with clear chalkboard paint. Not only is it functional but it looks pretty awesome and would make the perfect gift!

Wood Scrap Calendar Feature

For sneak peeks of our upcoming projects be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Also, follow me on Pinterest to get tons of projects plans from all around the web!

Disclosure: The links provided in the “materials” and “required tools” sections are affiliate links. If you would like to support our site and help keep our content free come find out more about how we can make money with no extra cost to you.

How to build a Wood Block Calendar

Step 1: Cut Wood

Using a miter saw cut the following:

  • 35    1×4’s at 3 1/2″
  • 7      1×4’s at 1 1/2″
  • 1      1×4 at 24 1/2″
  • 2     1×2’s at 24 1/2″
  • 2     1×2’s at 24 1/8″

Using a table saw cut the following:

  • 1/4″ ply wood at 22 1/2″ by 24 1/4″

Step 2: Sand and Stain

Using 220 grit sand paper, sand and prep the wood pieces to be stained. Be sure wood is clean and free of debris before apply stain. For this project I went with a variety of stain colors. If you want to stain all the same color, then you can wait to stain until after step 3, however I would still sand and prep my wood at this stage. Using a stain rag, apply stain and allow to set for 1 minute and wipe clean using a stain rag. Allow time to dry before moving onto the next step.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 1

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 2

Note: I added some black Chalkboard Paint to add a little detail to the top of the calendar, this just for looks, it isn’t necessary since we will be using the Clear Chalkboard Paint over the entire calendar.

Step 3: Assemble Calendar

Apply a good amount of wood glue to the 1/4″ plywood.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 3

Using a piece of scrap wood even out the wood glue to the entire surface of the plywood.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 4

Place the pieces of your calendar onto the plywood.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 5

Place some heavy objects onto of the calendar to ensure all pieces are really stuck down. Allow to dry completely before moving top the next step.

Step 4: Apply the Clear Chalkboard Paint

Using a brush, apply a good amount of the clear chalkboard paint to your calendar. The paint will look like it has a white tint to it, but do not worry, I promise it dries clear! Jamison had little faith in this step, but after allowing it to dry for 24 hours he saw the light!

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 6

Step 5: Stencil Weekdays (Optional)

Using stencils and black acrylic paint, I added the weekdays to my calendar. This step isn’t necessary, since they have the chalkboard paint, but I wanted to add it so its one less thing to write then I change the calendar each month.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 7

Step 6: Paint and Attach Trim

*Note: Before attaching the trim I ran the calendar down the table saw to straighten out the edges.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 8

I painted the trim using a Faux Corroded Iron technique, to give the calendar a cool industrial feel before I attached it using 1 1/4″ brad nails.

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 9

DIY Wood Chalkboard Calendar - Step 10

He is pretty happy with the results and so am I! I love having a daily calendar, helps me keep up with our crazy life. I even think this wood block calendar just looks cool on its own! Hope you enjoyed!

Signature - Jamie

Questions? Comments?

As always, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below and especially don’t forget to post pictures of your finished products in the comments! ENJOY!

About The Author

Related Posts

  • Jessica Boivin

    Wow!!!
    I havent seen anything like this, very impressed. This has just motivated me out of my woodworking slump!

  • Josh

    Love the post but utterly confused by the cut list. The materials list references 1 1×4 at 6ft, but your cut length is almost 13ft total. How is the cut list and materials accurate?

    • You’re right Josh, it should require two 1x4x8′ boards

      • rhiannon

        dang i should have read comments before i went to the store! i only got one 1×4 and wondered for about 45 ninutes what i did wrong when i ran out of wood!

        • Oh no! Sorry about that Rhiannon!

          • rhiannon

            Ha No worries! Perfect excuse to go back and get more wood (cause i never have enough!) plus i found the chalkboard paint on clearance for $3 so win win

  • aee77

    This is a great idea and very creative! Thanks for sharing!

  • Doug Reidy

    Hi there, I am in the middle of making this project for my wife. I was wondering if you used liquid chalk pens on yours and how/if they worked on the chalk paint?
    Thanks for your time,
    Doug

    • I did and DO NOT use them. They left permanent discolorations. Just go with regular chalk.

      • Doug Reidy

        That’s to bad, thanks for the info. I’ll post a pic of my calendar when it is done. Thanks again, cheers

        • Try a clear poly instead of the chalkboard paint. It has worked GREAT for me!

    • I made one of these, and was hell bent on using liquid chalk markers. I tried a clear Poly and my chalk markers work GREAT on it! I did the Poly right over the clear chalkboard paint, and clean up with a damp magic eraser.

      • Doug Reidy

        Thanks for the info, I will try it!!