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Project by revwarguy posted 394 days ago 1037 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to paint on canvas, and as such I’ve made a few easels over the years. I finally like this one, because it not only allows me to tilt the whole easel forward and back (using the rear support knobs) but lets me tilt the canvas support frame so that the top of the canvas comes toward me, allowing a consistent reach whether I am sitting or standing. The canvas can be raised or lowered as well.

I looked at a number of high end easels before coming up with this, so I am sure I’ve used a number of ideas from various ones I saw when I made this. I like positioning versatility as much as the next artist, but 10 knobs is a lot!

Despite its age and use, and by rubbing it with turps after a session, I’ve managed to keep it pretty clean, although there is some wear and paint if you can look close enough.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 394 days ago

I love it. And that is a really neat box of drawers sitting next to it!!

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

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revwarguy

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#2 posted 394 days ago

I can’t claim the drawers – I looked at the cost of taborets – and then found one of those imported wooden “mechanics” type tool boxes on sale once, beefed it up a bit, and just made a roll-around stand for it and that has kept my brushes and paint tubes ever since.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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DaddyZ

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#3 posted 394 days ago

Very Nice Easel, My Daughter loves to paint & is even planning on being an Art Teacher after college, I made her one that attaches to a Camera tripod, she has not had to use it yet, so do not know how well it works…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 394 days ago

I like this easel. The adjust-ability you have included is really great in that the canvas can be raised or lowered and also the angle can be adjusted. Is that George Washington in the background on picture 3? It looks like a pretty good painting.

Does the easel fold flat?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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revwarguy

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#5 posted 394 days ago

All the major pieces are bolted with either knobs or nuts on the ends, so it can be taken apart, and the lower shelf comes off but remains an L shaped shelf – its utilitarian anyway.

The painting is not GW, but a study in the manner of Gainsborough of Augustus John, the third Earl of Briston (of all things!)

Thanks for the complement, Woodbridge, as I really do like your easel done in the manner of Rohlfs! It was your project post that prompted me to put up this one.

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 394 days ago

Of course… the Third Earl of Briston. I should have known! In any case it looks like a pretty good painting to me. I guess I should stick to wood working, and leave art commentary to others.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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DIYaholic

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#7 posted 394 days ago

Great looking easel!
Not that I know what constitutes a bad looking one!!! ;^)

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Mattfinisher

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#8 posted 394 days ago

Wow! What a great easel! I would be afraid to get paint on such a fine piece!

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