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Project by Tony1212 posted 06-17-2021 01:31 PM 557 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is direct copy of a product that I’ve seen on the web.

My wife has gotten into acrylics lately and she was painting with the canvas flat on the table.

I used some old 2 and 3 foot sections of 2×4 (from old shop furniture) for all of the easel parts and some 16” plywood cutoffs for the box and drawer. Then I finished everything with 2 coats of shellac. It ain’t the prettiest looking thing, but 5 minutes after the pictures were taken, it already had a couple splotches of paint on it.

There are 2 draw hasps that hold the drawer in and a single draw hasp to hold the folded easel down. My wife could put all of her supplies in the drawer, close all the hasps and carry the entire assembly somewhere else to paint.

The hardest part was the support arms. I had to route out some of the wood along the stiles(?) of the upright easel to nest the arm that comes from the back when folded down.

I only had one issue: I pushed the easel assembly to far back from the edge of the box. Once I added the bottom sliding support piece, it hit the box as the easel rotated up and it wouldn’t let the top of the easel raise more than a inch or two. I had to take a chisel and give the box part a very heavy chamfer along that side.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 06-17-2021 03:07 PM

That’s sweet…She should enjoy that. . .

One thing. . . would be nice for it to be able to swing to full vertical.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 06-17-2021 03:23 PM

after painting on a table flat she’s gotta love that.plus storage for paints,it’s the bomb.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 06-17-2021 03:36 PM


That s sweet…She should enjoy that. . . One thing. . . would be nice for it to be able to swing to full vertical.

- mtnwild

The limiting factor here is the length of the back support arms. And those are limited by the length of the sides of the easel. To make that go fully vertical, it would be a right triangle with the support arms as the hypotenuse which is longer than either of the two sides. Stupid geometry.

My wife opted for flexible angles rather than fully vertical.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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Tony1212

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#4 posted 06-17-2021 03:37 PM



after painting on a table flat she s gotta love that.plus storage for paints,it s the bomb.

- pottz

She does love it. Thanks!

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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mtnwild

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#5 posted 06-17-2021 04:25 PM

Gotcha, I’m just thinking if you might design another and in that design make it full upright and fully adjustable to vertical, up and down. Just sayin’ if you decide to make more. That’s what I’d want on mine. IMHO…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 06-18-2021 12:26 PM

Great project! Easels have a lot of articulating parts that are a challenge to design, build and finish. Well done!

-- Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. --Kevin in Happy Valley

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#7 posted 06-18-2021 01:58 PM

Bob Ross would be proud !!

very nicely done !
(and congrats on the DT3 – well deserved).

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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