How to Make Chalkboard Stocking Hangers

Why buy a cookie-cutter stocking hanger when a custom one can be made with a few staple workshop tools? This project is a perfect way for the woodworker of the family to contribute to the holiday decor.

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Glue and Route Top

Glue on base top and clamp into place. Once fully dry, remove from clamps (Image 1). Run all four edges around base top through a router. Run top and both sides of front edge of chalkboard plaque through router (Image 2). A 3/8-inch ogee bit was used in this project.

Sand

Fill small gaps with wood putty, if necessary. Allow putty to dry. Using sanding sponge, sandpaper or palm sander, smooth surfaces and edges of base. Tip: Start with a rough paper (60 or 80 grit) and work up to a fine paper (120-220 grit) for a smooth finish.

Glue Plaque to Base

Apply a bead of wood glue to inside of dado. Insert flat side of chalkboard plaque into dado with routed edge facing forward. Allow time for glue to dry before moving to next step.

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