Half-lap joinery for a Painters Easel.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 02-20-2011 08:44 AM 2898 reads 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The easel was made from recycled silky oak….using half-lap joinery as seen here.

Half- lap is where material is remove to half the depth of each piece and then fitted together…

I used my new SCMS and set the depth on the micro adjustment screw.. fairly quick… and I was able to make the angled scarfs easily enough…

I used a spacer to move the timber away from the fence so I could get the cut right across.

I used glue and clamps.. then drilled out a 1/2 inch hole and inserted a dowel.. for strength and design…

Through slots were cut on the new Incra Router Table…

Adjustable supports ride up and down on the central post and are tightened using a t-nut and knob set up..

Rear leg is hinged and a chain was added. One coat of marine varnish. Hand rubbed wax.

Final touch was made using a pencil taped to a block of wood… I then set the easel on the bench and ran the pencil around each leg to mark the angles to cut so the legs would sit flat on the floor..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#1 posted 02-20-2011 09:23 AM

Now that’s a damn decent looking easel!

I’m quite fond of half lap joints myself.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#2 posted 02-20-2011 09:24 AM

Hi Larry.

That marine varnish sure brings out the grain eh?

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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matt garcia

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#3 posted 02-20-2011 03:48 PM

You are the king of compound joinery!! Nice easel!! Beautiful lumber!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 02-20-2011 04:55 PM

Nice Larry.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-20-2011 06:05 PM

Came out great mate!

-- Eric, central Florida

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#6 posted 02-20-2011 07:12 PM

It looks nice Larry.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 02-20-2011 08:03 PM

COOL design & function!

Looks so simple too!

Thank you very much!

One day, when I get serious about painting, I’ll make one of those!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 02-20-2011 10:26 PM

Nice looking easel, Larry.

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 02:38 AM

Nice. The end product looks very nice indeed.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks for the comments folks…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 03:50 AM

A nice touch. Great build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 02-22-2011 05:34 AM

Great project. Thanks for recycling. ok

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 01:01 PM

Well done Larry. Looks better than the expensive pro ones and it’s your first to boot. I’m really impressed. Your customer is bound to be happy with this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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