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Project by RustyL posted 01-27-2011 05:26 AM 3086 views 20 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My design of a studio easel was to meet several needs.
1. It had to be sturdy.
2. It must be capable of zero degrees (flat) for watercolors.
3. It needed to be capable of greater than 90 deg. so pastel & charcoal dust would fall away.
4. It needed to hold the smallest of canvases to very large.
5. It could be folded up flat and small.
6. It must not contain ant metal fasteners (wood and glue only).
The easel is made of red oak with tung oil finish. I used a 1” threading kit for the large
knobs that allow adjustment of the presentation angle. I made a special tap for the 3/8” acme
fasteners adjusting the canvas size along with a jig for my Dermel to cut the smaller wooden
It was a lot of fun to design, prototype , and then build. I hated to get my artist’s oils on it
the first time.

Thanks for letting me share.

-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 05:44 AM

Looks like a lot of time and effort went into the design and building.
Very nice and functional.
Well done.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 06:17 AM

It looks well built and good design. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 06:22 AM

Wuau. Great design. Yes, a lot of talent invested in planning.

Great construction too.

I´ll favorited. (Inspirational fact)

Thank for posting,

Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#4 posted 01-27-2011 02:38 PM

That is one well designed, beautifully crafted easel!
Well done!

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

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 04:44 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks and you did a very good job designing that easel, but since you state that you
would be getting your artists oils, watercolor and charcoal on it, you must have had a little experience
with easels that did not quite do the job you wanted them to do. I can understand the feeling of
not wanting to break in the easel and hardly being able to wait to find out if it was going to work as
good as you hoped. Thank you for sharing this and I hope you will share even more of your projects with
us. Just in passing, of course I think my great granddaughters are cuter than your granddaughters, but
that could be personal prejudice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 05:36 PM

Your design criteria is quite a list. Unbelievably well executed. Welcome to LJ and thanks for such a significant contribution. I’m looking forward to more of your stuff. It’s so nice looking, you can use it to display the final painting. Will you be selling your plans?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 10:03 PM

Serbian to English translation
Beautiful and practical solution, a good design and well done …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#8 posted 01-28-2011 02:14 AM

Impressive and really seems to have lived up to all the criteria.
Would love to have a easel like that.
Time well spend.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 06:53 AM

I think that is the most versatile easel I have seen! I hope you don’t mind but I am going to use yours as a model for making one for my wife. Any suggestions? Things you wish you might have done differently?

-- Maximize - Your Time, Your Experiencies, Your Life, Yourself!

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 03:34 AM

Thank you everyone for the kind comments.
By prototyping in pine I worked out pretty much everything. I could have made the bottom shelf more of a box (two shelves). It would be easy enough for me to add that feature in the future.
I will see if I can round up my basic dimensions and sketches in the next few days and post them.


-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

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#11 posted 02-12-2011 02:47 AM

Haven’t seen a way to post files other than pictures.
I’m wanting to sell my plans in the future but until then I’m willing to share with fellow Jocks.
I love this site, it is so inspiring. I want to give back whenever I can.

Drop me a line with your email address for copies of the plans.
I haven’t had any feedback on the accuracy, comments are welcome. Besides, we all have opportunities to redesign as we go.


-- Don't apprentice under anyone with less than ten fingers.

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