|Project by John1410||posted 10-27-2014 05:06 AM||1012 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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!