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Project by Woodfix posted 01-22-2013 09:05 PM 1387 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you may be aware I recently travelled to the USA for 3 weeks with the intention of doing some woodwork and other things like a normal tourist might do. Well this easel case was completed for my sister while I there. It is made of Cherry and Mahogany, has dovetailed corners and a tray.

It was made from scratch without a plan, so there was a fair bit of tweeking involved. The lid support was not my first choice but the original would not work with the internal dividers.

The handle (photo 5) was hand carved from Mahogany because I could not find a handle that I felt suited. I think this is the bit my sister was most impressed with, as it was done while she and I watched TV and finished after she went to bed. So she saw it progress from a lump of timber to the finished handle.

The top slides up to accommodate different sized paintings.

A lot of work was done in Philledelphia while I was visiting some friends. Damion Fauser, a very excelletnt Australian woodworker, currently living in the US, and his wife Bronny. Damion helped source the Cherry, machine work and provided valuable guidance on design and construction elements. It would not of been finished without his contribution. Check out his article in the current Australian Wood Review.

I am very pleased with the outcome and have told my sister I expect it to be covered in paint and banged around significantly next time I see it.

It is finished in Pre-prepared Shellac.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 11:07 PM

Pretty darn awesome…

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 02:54 PM

Cool easel case! Like the design and the handle and very handy.


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#3 posted 01-23-2013 10:20 PM

You made a terrific job of that. I’m sure your sister will make good use of it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 03:12 AM

Very nice!!

-- Thanks for looking! Steve B.

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 07:35 PM

That is a very useful piece to say the least. Nice design and execution!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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