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Blog series by Charlie updated 09-07-2013 09:17 PM 5 parts 24970 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Main Frame parts

08-27-2013 11:09 PM by Charlie | 2 comments »

I’m building myself a new easel. My old one is better than 30 years old and seen better days. This one will be much nicer. Basic construction is a frame within a frame, such that the inner frame slides up and down. This will be a counterbalanced easel. The inner frame will be counterbalanced using a system of weights and pulleys so that an entire canvas can easily be raised or lowered. This build is all being done in 90/50 cherry. I got it at a great price, so… why not, right?A...

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Part 2: Base and Frame assembled

08-31-2013 01:21 PM by Charlie | 0 comments »

I have attached the pieces that kind of lock the inner, sliding frame to the outer frame, hinged the base to the frame, installed the wheels on the base, and now have the easel standing. I have clamped a temporary back brace on it while I make the permanent ones. And I still have to make all of the parts that will go on the center column (sliding canvas supports) and get all of those parts attached. But it’s standing! Yay, me! Not sure how much progress I’ll make the nex...

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Part 3: Center column and canvas supports

09-03-2013 07:58 PM by Charlie | 3 comments »

I feel like I’m in the home stretch now.Today I assembled the canvas supports, cut the center column to length, and got the canvas supports fitted to the center column. Then I set the center column in place temporarily while I checked operation. Top Canvas support:A general view of the front of the top canvas support This is the back. There is an inch and a half wide dado in the center section. That was drilled for a studded knob and a blind nut was recessed into the dado for the ...

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Part 4: Counter weight system installed

09-05-2013 08:34 PM by Charlie | 2 comments »

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. ...

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Part 5: Modification to the counter weight system

09-07-2013 09:17 PM by Charlie | 0 comments »

I wasn’t happy With the nylon rope or the way the weights kinda swung around. So I’ve started modifying the counter weight system. #1 I built a “weight box”. I just whipped one up out of pine to test this and will eventually replace it with something nicer looking. Although this one works really well. #2 I switched from the nylon rope to 1/8” plastic coated cable. I had a bunch of it from a dog run we no longer use, so…. just bought a couple of cable ...

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