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Chair making has been postponed for a few weeks. My son and his long-time girlfriend are artists building their portfolios of work. When my son was in university, l built him a basic easel from plans I found somewhere in the internet. He mentioned that his girlfriend was not happy with the easel she had and since her birthday was coming up asked if I would build one for her: "a bit fancier than the one I built for him". So here it is.

I wanted it to have a bit of an art nouveau feel. The curves are inspired by various shapes and curves from some of Charles Rohlfs furniture. The bottom is inspired from a Rohlfs andiron design. Also, since I plan to build Rohlfs swivel desk as part of my Rohlfs collection I included the flame finial motif which tops his swivel desk as a way to get some practice carving this shape.

The curved bottom has a couple cross grain weak spots. I drilled and inserted dowels perpendicular to the grain to provide additional strength.

The easel is 6 feet 6 inches high and 24 inches wide at the bottom. I can accommodate a canvas up to 57 inches high. The various parts are joined together with dowels and screws. The two knobs are purchased.

The easel is made from oak with a couple coats of shellac finish.

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Now you have to build a better one for him? LOL! Function, form and elegance!
 

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Fantastic. Great design. She's going to love it. It'll be a tears moment.
 

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this is cool
 

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Unique design and super work.
 

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Now that is a elegant easle Peter. wonderful lines and finish!!!!
 

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Very nice work Peter, looks very clean and professional. I'm sure she will love it.
 

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Great piece. She will probably leave your son and want to marry you now. (-:
 

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Elegant piece, great work!
 

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Agree with all the above. Beautiful easel.

I did wonder about some of the weak points in the grain. It was very clever to use dowels for additional strength. I can see how that could open up many new design possibilities.
 

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Beautiful Artists Easel and beautiful work…well done.
 

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Beautiful easel! Great work, and such a nice gesture to boot! She'll love it, and love you for it :)
 

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Thanks everyone for the comments.

Buckethead: I can absolutely confirm that the bottom leg would fail at the weak point where you have a very thin cross section due to the curved shape and cross grain. when my shop gets cluttered (most of the time) I have a tendency to drop things (onto the concrete floor). Well I had just finished drilling the holes, freshly glued and inserted the support dowels, then dropped the piece on the floor. #*#!.. Sure enough it broke right where I thought it would. A quick re glue job was required. Once the glue set the dowels do provide the support needed. Four of them are inserted in the bottom leg where the curved shape results in a small area of cross grain. You can see two of them in photo five looking down from the top of the bottom leg.
 

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Very Cool! I've made some easels as well, but they were only functional. This is quite wonderful.
 

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Revwarguy: thanks, your easel looks real nice, I like that you can adjust the slope and keep the painting near vertical if you want.
 

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I would say that this is a little more than a "bit" fancier…lol
Nice work Peter.
 

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beautiful design. i also paint as a hobby and your easel makes me want to
go build one like that. When i see it i get inspired to go paint. His girlfriend
is going to love it.
 

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Nicely done. Beautiful and functional.
 

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absolutely awesome!
 

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Beautiful and stunning easel! Like the design, very nice curves and clean lines. I'm sure she'll get a lot of inspiration using it. Excellent job!
 

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Wow what a terrific project. Excellent design and craftsmanship.
 
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