Child's Easel

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Project by DrJosh posted 06-30-2010 06:58 PM 2718 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a child-size artist’s easel I made in 2009 for my nephew’s 3rd birthday. I was made from birch and finished with amber shellac. This was my test project for my Kreg pocket hole jig. It worked great! The joints came together really fast and man they’re strong. The chalkboard that I set into the easel was an MDF panel that I painted with chalkboard paint I picked up at Lowe’s.

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 07:28 PM

Beautiful easel. Great idea on the chalkboard from mdf and chalkboard paint. Any idea how the chalkboard is holding up after a year? I might want to make a similar board.

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#2 posted 06-30-2010 09:22 PM

Thanks. I decided to use MDF because I knew it would be (and stay) perfectly flat. The chalkboard paint is really thick stuff and I laid down several coats to really build up a layer on the MDF. I haven’t been out to the house lately but it was still in good shape and still getting good use as of about 2 months ago.

-- Nashville, TN

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#3 posted 07-01-2010 03:37 AM

Looks great. Nice looking wood and finish. Turned out great.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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