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Project by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-01-2017 06:01 PM 281 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged the construction of most of this easel here

I used to have a large bulky artists easel. When I started to renovate the place years ago I had in mind a convertible wall easel. I gave that bulky easel to my daughter who has much more artistic skill than I do. I sometimes oil paint and sometimes watercolor paint. Oils are usually done with a vertical canvas on an easel with a lip at the bottom and an adjustable lip at the top to hold it on. Both lips are removable with a thumbscrew in the back. This easel accomplishes this as seen in the first picture.

When I want to use water colors I can loosen the knobs on the side and let the easel table slide down to a tilted or completely flat position. Flat is sometimes needed as you often flood the paper with water before painting. It’s called ‘wet on wet’ painting. Water color painting is also done on paper not a canvas. I have an 1/8” thick plexiglass the exact size of the table that I can lay on it to keep the table from getting wet. I can slide the entire table up and down. So I can sit on a chair or sometimes I like to sit higher on a stool.

The easel is made entirely out of hard maple (light in color to not look to conspicuous on the light wall) with a walnut border on the table. In the rails are embedded 7/8 sealed bearings with a 3/8” threaded rod going between them and that is covered by a 1/2” steel tube. The sliding arms have brass sleeves in them so there’s no wear on the wood. Everything came from those drawers at home depot in the hardware section. When I tighten the knob it pulls on it and creates friction on both the outsides and insides of the rail. It locks it very good. No danger of slippage. In either position you can slide the entire table up or down a considerable distance to be able to adjust the height for either sitting or standing.

Now to get back to painting…. But first I want to make that taboret to go with this. (taboret: Small bureau like table with drawers to put your paint stuff in and on)
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Something like this one.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 07:10 PM

Oh to have many talents.

Nice design. Functional and well thought out.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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quasarwutwut

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 08:23 PM

Very cool idea. The maple was a good call.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 11:45 PM

Excellent !!!

Looks like art for art to me.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 08:18 AM

really nice, maybe you can share a few paintings you have done. i hope your doing well dan.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 12:13 PM



really nice, maybe you can share a few paintings you have done. i hope your doing well dan.

- grizzman

Hey Grizz… I’m doing well thanks. Hope the same’s with you.

Here’s one of my niece done a few years ago. It’s an 18×24” canvas.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 08:20 PM

wow dan, this is beautiful, i would very much enjoy seeing more, do you paint landscapes, how are you at animals, i hope your not letting this talent go to waste, thank you.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 10:40 PM



wow dan, this is beautiful, i would very much enjoy seeing more, do you paint landscapes, how are you at animals, i hope your not letting this talent go to waste, thank you.

- grizzman

Yup I do…..Just about anything I can see. Some better than others. I try. No formal trainingl, just do it once and awhile for the fun of it. When you don’t do it a lot it’s a lot of work. Thanks for asking. This post is turning into an art show. I’ve never had one of those!



-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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