|Project by BrentKistner||posted 12-21-2013 01:25 AM||1213 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
This is an earlier project, a Walnut easel for my mom, aka “the mothership?” lol. She recently picked up oil painting, and I just couldn’t have the parental unit painting on any old easel. So I burned up a bunch of salvaged walnut for a worthy cause. :) The base and majority of the piece is walnut, reclaimed from a lumber mill that couldn’t get rid of the stuff. I got roughly a truck load of the stuff for free. Rough sawn, some of it was spalted, some of it dry rotted through, but a lot of it was well worth the time in the planer. Anyways, the accent strips and back of the work areas is old world Douglas fir I reclaimed from a deck built at the turn of the century. (I wish I had a truck load of that stuff. Such amazing grain.) The plans were purchased online, however, after building this one, there is a fair amount I would upgrade/streamline/improve before building another one. This could have been a gorgeous piece if I had been a bit more patient and thought those plans through before building. It’s not bad for a first run at it though, and I still have a bunch of that walnut. :)
Anyways, the mother unit loves this thing…and if she ruins it, it will give me a good reason to build a better one. The middle mast and two center shelves are fully adjustable to accommodate a fairly outrageously huge canvas. There are two shelves that slide out of the end of the taboret/table top. (which, apparently I didn’t care to photograph? whatagoon. lol) The whole system rides on counterweights, so the adjustments up and down are very easy. The hardware came from Rocklers and it is now finished in several layers of polyurethane. The bear paw inlay is, once again, copper. Undercut and sprung, with epoxy beneath. (the “bleed through/saturation of the epoxy shows on the thin edges here as well. bummer. I have to figure out a way to keep that from happening.) She kind of uses “Brown Bear” as a moniker for her paintings, so I thought it would be a nice little personal touch to the piece.
I hope this gives you the gist of the project. (Posting stuff here reminds me to take more and better pictures of the stuff I tinker with… forgive me. :) )
-- "Out of the darkness back into the darkness- affairs of the cat."