Convertible Wall Easel #3: Framing the table and canvas supports

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-23-2017 09:45 PM 895 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recap. This is an artists easel that is mounted on a wall and can convert to vertical to stand up while oil painting or horizontal to sit down (or stand) while water color painting.

Someone asked, “why do you have to sit down to paint in watercolor?”. Well, it’s just paper not a canvas, and you often use it pretty wet so it would run. Sometimes it’s very wet. Then it’s actually called ‘wet on wet’ painting.
Here is the easel with the table framed and holders for a canvas mounted at the top and bottom of the table. I had a couple strips of walnut left over so I used it for contrast. I was going to frame it in Cherry but couldn’t resist the darker wood.

This is with the top canvas retainer raised up. It can accommodate a 32” tall canvas.

The back side. Both the top and bottom retainer slide in a pocket with tenon rails on the sides. It locks in place with a small knob on the back. You can just see the black knobs at the bottom and the top of the table.

Here’s a closeup of the framed edge and the bottom canvas retainer.

Here the bottom retainer is removed. When the table is made horizontal it would be in the way. You can see the tenoned slider I made. It’s attached to the retainer. The top one can be slid out if need be also.

Here’s a long shot of the table in a near horizontal position. It is set high to be able to stand in front of it to work or it can be slid down to a height for sitting in a regular chair.

Next. A few decorative embellishments and poly. Then I’ve got to locate studs to mount it to in my house.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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