Child's Easel

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Project by DrJosh posted 1514 days ago 1873 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a child-size artist’s easel I made in 2009 for my nephew’s 3rd birthday. I was made from birch and finished with amber shellac. This was my test project for my Kreg pocket hole jig. It worked great! The joints came together really fast and man they’re strong. The chalkboard that I set into the easel was an MDF panel that I painted with chalkboard paint I picked up at Lowe’s.

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 1514 days ago

Beautiful easel. Great idea on the chalkboard from mdf and chalkboard paint. Any idea how the chalkboard is holding up after a year? I might want to make a similar board.

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#2 posted 1514 days ago

Thanks. I decided to use MDF because I knew it would be (and stay) perfectly flat. The chalkboard paint is really thick stuff and I laid down several coats to really build up a layer on the MDF. I haven’t been out to the house lately but it was still in good shape and still getting good use as of about 2 months ago.

-- Nashville, TN

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#3 posted 1514 days ago

Looks great. Nice looking wood and finish. Turned out great.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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