Simple Display Easel

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Project by jeff_wenz posted 11-30-2009 05:28 AM 5746 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to work in a picture frame shop many years ago. We had these simple, but stable display easels. I always seem to have the need for a display easel at church or some other event.. so it was time to make one!

The beauty in this design is how it folds up flat for easy storage.

The easel is made of 2 1/2” x 3/4” oak. I used this project to experiment with a black dye (W1600 Analine Ebony Black dye from Woodworkers Supply). 2 coats of this dye and 2 coats of semi-gloss Deft.

The project requires 2 hinges and 2 oak dowel (coat hanger) thingies. As an option, I added a rare earth magnet at the bottom of the legs to hold them together while in storage.

The easel stands about 65” tall. The base is 24”. The important angle is 15 degrees. I joined the legs and upright pieces with pocket hole joinery.

The only thing that stumped me for a little bit was how to get the hinge lines to line up at the bottom and the top. The phrase “hinge line” is the answer, simply lay the “L” shaped easel flat and take a long straight edge and trim the top and bottom at the same angle.

For different size frames, poster boards, mirrors, etc…, I have 4 hole heights pre-drilled. The first hole is approx 22” off of the ground, then I made three more holes with 8” of space between each one. Note, the picture displayed is at the second from the bottom hole location.

Fun project, easy project!

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 05:29 AM

Nice work Jeff

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 06:50 PM

Very nice. My wife would appreciate one or two of these. Thanks for posting and thanks for the measurements.

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 06:59 PM

Let me clarify the 15 degree part of my post. The easel is made up of 2 “L shaped” assemblies that have a 75 degree angle. I set my miter saw to 15 degrees to form the 75 degree angle, then joined the assembly with pocket hole technology. This 15 degree “swept back” angle proves to be very stable for all size pieces.

I’ve also seen this easel scaled down to a 2’ tall easel to display serving platters, pottery, etc… on a table top.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#4 posted 02-01-2012 07:22 PM

very cool design Jeff, thanks for posting!

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