|Project by Craftsman on the lake||posted 03-18-2017 10:32 PM||351 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
After finishing the convertible wall easel I decided a nice and useful matching item would be an artists taboret. A taboret is a small cabinet used to store art tools, paints, and other items. I decided on a size of about 18”x18” and not too high as the top needed to be accessible while standing or sitting. I checked online at art sales websites and saw that similar items were selling in the $400-$500 range. Mine cost approximately $150. Most of the cost being in the cherry and maple wood (no plywood in this build except for the drawer bottoms) and the casters and four sets of decent quality fill extension drawer slides.
Features include: See pictures above
- A top drawer that is thin but will hold a pallet of oil paint. A thin plexiglass cover fits in a rabbeted groove in the top. The plexiglass will slow down the drying of the oil paints on the pallet from day to day. Not that much but by cutting down on the moving air over it it should help a little.
- Two medium height drawers for smaller items.
- One larger height lower drawer for taller items and bulk storage.
The rear side contains a slot for the plexiglass top that fits on the easel table. It has a thin aluminum strip on the back side of it to hook on the easel table when tilted so it doesn’t slide off and it stores in the slot in the taboret when not in use. The plastic sheet is used when the table is horizontal and using water paints which can get quite wet as you start by saturating the paper with water. It is removed when the easel is in the vertical position for oil painting on canvas.
The plastic table cover stored in the slot in the back of the taboret
The hinge for the door is a continuous piano hinge and the finish is 4 coats of sprayed on Polycrylic. There is also a thin sheed of polycarbonate plastic on the top. A rare earth magnet acts as a door latch.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.