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Project by John1410 posted 10-27-2014 05:06 AM 1033 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a friend with an increasing level of disability. An artist, she wanted an easel that would allow her to sit and/or stand, dependent on her available strength. Her main requirement was for use of the KISS principle, with no winding handles but retaining full adjustability. I don’t know that it’s especially unique but this is what we developed, literally made to measure to suit her needs.
The canvas is retained on the bottom rail by use of the figure-F blocks, their top surfaces cut at 7.5 degrees. The top rail, which clamps the work, has a velcro-type gripper strip. It locks into position through a pivoting block with a strip of 25mm wide carborundum tape bonded to its back. The one weakness is that I need to replace the wing nut with a ring nut. It takes little effort to clamp but will make it easier for her weakened fingers to manage.
My friend wanted it in pine but I think the next one will be in Tasmanian Oak.
BTW, to photograph the finished work, I’ve inserted one of my photographs, just wasn’t prepared to make a laughing stock of my paltry efforts!
:-p

-- John1410





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OldWrangler

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 07:55 AM

You could have built a bigger one so that means…..This is the lesser of two easels.

Nice work, very clean lines.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 02:28 PM

wonderful easel very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 08:37 PM


You could have built a bigger one so that means…..This is the lesser of two easels.
- OldWrangler

I’m crushed, simply crushed that I did not think of this.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#4 posted 10-28-2014 11:11 PM

Thanks, chaps.
Old Wrangler, all I can say is that it was easely decided!

-- John1410

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#5 posted 11-04-2014 04:51 AM

I used to have a pet Ferret. He was small and never seemed to get bigger. Then I found out he was just the lesser of 2 Weasels.

I can already hear the groans.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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