Cadmium Easel #4: Counter weight system installed

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Blog entry by Charlie posted 09-05-2013 08:34 PM 6419 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Center column and canvas supports Part 4 of Cadmium Easel series Part 5: Modification to the counter weight system »

I have installed the counterweight system and it works. I did it according to the plan. One thing I notice is that the weight swings when I roll the easel around. I’ll probably leave the weights off unless I know I’ll be needing the counterweight feature (when painting a large canvas). It takes 22 and a half pounds of weight to counter balance the sliding section. And I can slide the center section up and down with one finger. And it holds position without being locked in place.

Future tinkering will involve:
- Changing the nylon rope to a plastic coated cable. The nylon is a bit too stretchy.
- Trying to make the weight more skinny. Like making a weight inside a piece of 4 inch pvc or something if I can find enough weight and if the pvc doesn’t have to be too long. 6 inch might work. I don’t like it banging into the back of the easel. In fairness, it won’t swing around when I’m just using it while painting. So this isn’t an emergency. I’ll just like it better.
- I’m going to see if I can come up with a means to stabilize the counterweight.

Full view

Upper pulleys (rated at 400 pounds each)

Lower attach points and weights

That brings this one to a close.
Be safe and have fun!
I hope to be painting again soon…

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 03:34 AM

I used a 4” PVC drain tube to run the 30lb. weight I used
to counterbalance my panel saw head. One look at those
weights dangling freely and I thought “this is not safe”.

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 01:45 PM

Well done Charlie.

Thanks for sharing.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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