|Project by knotnow||posted 05-12-2014 06:10 AM||1053 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
I decided to take up oil painting and needed an easel to hold my canvas as I paint. After looking at many different kinds of artist’s easels, this is what I came up with with which to get started. If I really find myself delighted with painting I may build something else. This easel is made of simple construction grade pine, I came up with plans in my head but never put anything down on paper, sized to suit, I just did my layouts on the floor as I went along. I added a hinged shelf with a hole cutout so as to hold brushes and supplies as well as a brush cleaning bucket. Yes, Bob Ross style. It was while watching him I decided to paint. Lightly sanded and stained with Minwax Red Oak stain, the easel as shown in the pictures can fold up and be placed against the wall or if large enough, in a closet. The rear leg swings out and the shelf folds down locking the rear leg in place. In the easel’s center board I routed a 1/4 slot for the top piece that adjusts up and down and a 5/16 slot for the lower piece that supports the canvas. They both adjust up and down allowing for a canvas from 8 inches in height to 42 inches in heigth, width only determined by what the lower support can handle, but it would seem to be able to support a 48 inch by 42 inch canvas. Overall the easel seems quite sturdy. All said, the easel cost around $25 to build complete including the cleaning bucket with lid.