|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 62 days ago||390 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
My wife put in an order for an easel big enough to handle large paintings up to four or five feet wide and this is my quick one-day result.
Built of 3/4” x 2” red oak, with a pair of brass-plated hinges at the top and with a simple chain restraint for keeping things in place when a heavy painting is on the ledger piece. All the hard exposed edges are eased (radius edged) for comfort. I plan to drill more holes so the ledger piece can be raised or lowered to suit. But since my wife was anxious to get her hands on things before I leave town for a few days, I will drill those holes later.
The wife plans to sand things well and put two or three coats of spar varnish on the entire rig. The chain restraint is adjustable in that it simply loops over a couple of pins (screws with the heads cut off) on the front cross piece, and allows a degree of choice to the spreading of the legs (Wow! That didn’t sound exactly right, did it?)
Overall size is 6’-6” high x 24” wide at top, 40” wide at bottom, and a leg spread of from nil to about 40”.
Anyway, the pictures should be self-explanatory. The last one is looking ‘up’ towards the hinges from inside.
I have a couple more projects in the works and will post those when done.
-- ''Woodworking has always been the best therapy for me!''