Something A Little Different

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Project by MPython posted 12-06-2018 04:20 PM 1822 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s something a little different:

My daughter is an artist and a college art professor. Several years ago, I built her a studio easel that features a counterbalanced canvas platform she can raise and lower with one hand. It gives her easy access to all areas of a large canvass without having to resort to a step ladder. The platform’s tilt is adjustable over a range of about 35 degrees and it will accommodate canvasses as small as 4” X 6” or as large as 6’ X 6’, or larger. The easel rides on locking urethane casters that allow her to move it easily around her studio.The base, canvas platform and associated parts are made of white oak. The mast and mechanical features are made of 80/20 extruded aluminum components with 80/20 linear motion bearings and Schaeffer heavy duty stainless steel turning blocks designed for large sailboats. The photos give you an idea of the range of vertical motion she can accomplish with one hand. Actually, she can lower the platform to the top of the base which gives her approximately four feet of vertical range.

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#1 posted 12-06-2018 06:11 PM

Ingenious! Great project. And well made. Good thing she has a high ceiling.

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#2 posted 12-06-2018 06:27 PM

nice innovation dad she’s gotta love making her life easier.great job and welcome to lumber jocks.

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 02:46 AM

Very clever.

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 03:28 AM


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#5 posted 12-07-2018 12:02 PM

Great design. I am sending this idea to my nephew in Michigan who is an engineer working for an company. but has a lady working in graphic arts who might like the idea also. thanks.

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#6 posted 12-07-2018 12:20 PM

Oldguy2, tell your nephew I’ll be happy to answer any questions he has about the design if he’s interested.

Thanks, all, for the kind comments.

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#7 posted 12-07-2018 02:32 PM

Love 80/20. I’ve used the 80/20 sliders at work for sliding door safety guards on our custom built autamation projects. It’s very handy stuff and as you’re project demonstrates, has tons and tons of applications. Not cheap, but it’s certainly top quality stuff.

Looks like a really nice project. She’ll be the envy of all her artist friends.

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