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Designed to complement a potting bench, these hanging frames are great for hanging freshly cut flowers, and keeping your gardening to-do list front and center.
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When you purchase the 2'x4' sheet of plywood, ask a Lowe's associate to cut the piece in half to yield two 2'x2' square pieces. When you get home, cut all frame rails, frame stiles, and shelves to length from 1"x4" stock according to the Cutting List and Diagram.
Pressure-treated lumber has higher moisture content than ordinary framing and trim lumber. As the lumber dries, it may twist or cup slightly, making project assembly difficult. To prevent problems, cut the parts and assemble the project as soon as possible after purchasing the lumber. This way, the screws, glue, and other parts of the assembly will help restrict any wood movement.
Pick the smoother of the two pieces of plywood and dry-fit two chalkboard stiles (A) and two chalkboard rails (B) on the front as shown in the Chalkboard drawing. Trim the length of the frame pieces slightly to fit as your plywood may not be exactly 2'x2'. Mark the back of these pieces to keep them separate from the drying rack pieces.
Sand the front and edges of the frame rails and the frame stiles. Choose the smoothest side of the plywood panel (C) and sand it as well. Wipe all pieces with a moist cloth to remove dust; let dry.
Using a paintbrush, paint all the front faces and edges of all rails and stiles with the exterior stain. Paint all sides of the shelves (F). You may have to apply two coats. Allow ample time to dry between coats.
Paint the sanded side of the plywood with primer and let dry. Sand again and wipe clean with a cloth. Using the paint roller and shed-resistant roller cover, apply one coat of chalkboard paint and allow to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Carefully read the chalkboard paint can label to find out how long to shake the can prior to use.
Once dry, apply another coat of chalkboard paint. Let dry.
To use the same paint roller after applying the first coat, wrap your roller in a disposable plastic grocery bag and twist to seal so it doesn't dry out.
After all pieces are dry, collect the chalkboard pieces. Lay the stiles (A) on the face of the plywood (C) as shown in the Chalkboard drawing. Making sure the outside edges are flush, clamp the stiles (A) in place, flip them over, then attach with screws from the back as shown.
Take the rails (B) and lay them in place so that they fit between the attached rails. Make sure the outside edges are flush, and attach with screws from the back.
Cut a 20"x20" square from the hardware cloth. Take two rack front rails (E) and lay them in front of you horizontally and parallel, painted side up. Mark a horizontal line the length of the boards, 1-1/2" up from the inside facing edge on each. Then mark a vertical line across the width, 2" in from each. This will indicate the placement of the hardware cloth. Use a staple gun to staple the hardware cloth within the marked lines as indicated in the Flower Drying Frame drawing.
Take two rack front stiles (D) and lay over the front of the rails and hardware cloth, painted side up, as shown in the Flower-Drying Frame drawing. Making sure the outside corners are flush and square, screw the rails and stiles together from the back. Take the staple gun and staple the hardware cloth to the back side of the stiles.
Screw the remaining stiles and rails (E) to the structure from the back as shown.
Lay your chalkboard frame on a flat surface with the chalkboard side facing up. Lay your top shelf (F) on edge at the top so that it is sticking proud of frame and flush at either end. Drive screws from the top down into the frame where shown. Repeat with drying frame.
Drive two #10x1-3/8" eye screws in the top of each shelf as shown. Hold the frames on the wall and mark the screw eye location. Drive one #10x3" flathead stainless-steel screw at each marked location. Hang your frames and enjoy.