I have installed the counterweight system and it works. I did it according to the plan. One thing I notice is that the weight swings when I roll the easel around. I’ll probably leave the weights off unless I know I’ll be needing the counterweight feature (when painting a large canvas). It takes 22 and a half pounds of weight to counter balance the sliding section. And I can slide the center section up and down with one finger. And it holds position without being locked in place.
Future tinkering will involve:
- Changing the nylon rope to a plastic coated cable. The nylon is a bit too stretchy.
- Trying to make the weight more skinny. Like making a weight inside a piece of 4 inch pvc or something if I can find enough weight and if the pvc doesn’t have to be too long. 6 inch might work. I don’t like it banging into the back of the easel. In fairness, it won’t swing around when I’m just using it while painting. So this isn’t an emergency. I’ll just like it better.
- I’m going to see if I can come up with a means to stabilize the counterweight.
Upper pulleys (rated at 400 pounds each)
Lower attach points and weights
That brings this one to a close.
Be safe and have fun!
I hope to be painting again soon…