How to Build a Wooden Wall Calendar Holder
Free Woodworking Plans from Lee's Wood Projects
Posted by Lee Swindel
This hansome Teak wall calendar holder is the perfect way to display your 10 3/4" x 13" decorator calendar. Changing the calendar monthly is easy, just slide it out to turn the page. Messages can easily be notated while the calendar is in the frame. This project would make a great house warming or wedding gift.
Technical Information for Building a Wooden Wall Calendar Holde
A. Materials List:
- Scale the top of back (A) to the drawing dimension size. This can easily be accomplished by measuring the print out and dividing that size into the dimension size. This will give a multi-factor that can be used to figure the enlargement size for the pattern. Most companies that do duplicating can make the enlargement required for the pattern.
- Transfer the pattern enlargement onto poster board, and use a pair of scissors to cut out the pattern.
Note: If a radial arm saw is not available, a skill saw could be used instead.
C. Cutting Procedures:
- The stock required for the project can be cut from a 3/4" x 9" x 62" Teak board.
- Use a jointer to smooth one edge of the board.
- Adjust the table saw fence 6 1/2" from the blade to rip the board for the back (A).
- Plane the remainder of the board to 1/2" thickness and rip the two sides (B) and the bottom (C) to their appropriate widths.
- Use a radial arm saw to cut the 6 1/2" wide board for the back (A) into two 31" lengths. Also cut the two sides (B) and the bottom (C) to their appropriate lengths.
- Rip the two sides (B) to 1" and the bottom (C) to 3/4".
- Place the jointed edges of the 6 1/2" boards together and use a pencil and a framing square to make marks 3", 15", and 27" from one end.
- Use a horizontal boring machine and a 5/16" drill bit to drill holes 1 1/16" deep in each board at the marks indicated in step #7. If a boring machine is not available, a dowel jig can be used.
- Place a couple of drops of wood glue in the holes of one board and tap a dowel pin (D) into each hole.
- Place glue on the exposed dowel pins and edges of the two boards. Use a wooden mallet to tap the other board onto the dowel pins.
- Use three bar clamps to clamp the two boards together. Clean up any excess glue and allow to dry over night.
- After the glue has dried rip the board 12 3/8" wide and plane the board to 1/2" thickness. Be sure to plane an equal amount of wood from each side.
- Trace the pattern design on one end of the back (A).
- Use a band saw to cut out the shape.
- Use a spindle sander to finish sand the shape.
- Use a radial arm saw to trim off the bottom so the back is 30" long.
- Use a shaper or a router to cut a 3/16" x 1/4" rabbet joint the length of the sides (B). Cut this joint only on one side of each board.
D. Wooden Wall Calendar Holder Sanding Procedures:
- Rough sand all parts with an orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper.
- Intermediate sand all parts with an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.
- Hand sand all edges, and details with 220 grit sandpaper.
E. Assembly Procedures:
- Place the sides (B) with the rabbet joints in the up position. Place glue on the exposed edge of each side. Do not get any glue in the rabbet joints.
- Glue the sides (B) to the outer edges of the back (A). Be sure that the rabbet joints are on the inside. Also be sure that the sides (B) are flush with the sides and bottom of the back (A). Use hand screw clamps to hold the back and sides in position.
- Glue and clamp the bottom (C) into position between the sides (B) and flush with the bottom of back (A).
- Use a nail gun and 3/4" nails to secure the sides and bottom onto the back. Be sure not to nail through the rabbet joints.
F. Finish Procedures:
- Use plastic wood dough to fill all nail holes, cracks and imperfections.
- Finish sand the entire project by hand with 220 grit sandpaper.
- If stain is desired, apply with a brush and allow to penetrate for 5-10 minutes, and then remove with a clean rag.
- Allow stain to dry 6 hours and then repeat with a second coat.
- Apply a clear finish coat such as Varathane, Polyurethane, lacquer, etc. using a pure-bristle brush. Allow to dry 12 hours.
- Lightly had sand with 220 grit sandpaper.
- Apply second coat of clear finish.
- If additional finish coats are desired, repeat steps #5 & 6.
- Allow to dry 24 hours before using the wooden wall calendar holder.
- Be sure to match the color of the wood dough to the stain color.
- Use a tack rag after each sanding procedure to remove the dust
G. Mounting Procedures:
- Mark the wall for the desired position of the calendar holder.
- Use a hand drill and a 1/4" drill bit to drill two holes through the drywall. These holes should be 8" apart and about 3" below where the top of the calendar will be. Before drilling the holes place a level flush with the marks to make sure the calendar will be level.
- Use a hammer to tap a 1/4" hollow wall anchor (E) into each hole. Thread a screw into each anchor and tighten with a screw driver.
- Attach two picture frame hangers (F) onto the back side of the calendar holder with 1/2" brads.
- Back the screws out of the anchors approximately one revolution and hang the calendar holder on the screws.
- Slip the calendar into the rabbet joints at the top of the calendar holder. Adjust the calendar down so that it touches the bottom (C).
*Congratulations, your wooden wall calendar holder is finished and ready to use!