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Project by Tooch posted 215 days ago 647 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I wanted to get my 2-1/2 year old daughter an easel for Christmas. After looking online, in magazines and in stores, I ended up deciding to build my own. I think I may have over-did it on size, but with her enthusiasm for drawing and another daughter on the way, we need lots of room for creativity!

For the build, I got the chalkboard & whiteboard from HD, and cut them down to 2×3’. I used tongue and groove construction for each side, and also added two clamps on the white board side to clamp the roll of paper in place (pic 4).

Being that our house is small, I wanted to be able to break this down and put it “away”. A lot of time was spent designing the trays, which can be broken down and taken apart by removing the 4 wing nuts in about 5 minutes(pic 5). I didn’t want the trays permanently mounted, I came up with the locking “hook” system (pic 6) so after the wing nuts come off, they can then lift off for easier storage.

All lumber (except panels) is Red Oak, finished with a coat of tung oil and semi-gloss poly. I think the poly has gone bad because after 48 hrs. it still felt tacky. I had to wipe down the entire project with mineral spirits to get the tackiness off, which I’ve never had to do before. Time to throw it out, I guess.

Thanks for looking! As always, questions/comments/critiques are welcome. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails





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Kevin

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#1 posted 215 days ago

Great design. And the most important part,it looks like she loves it.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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hoss12992

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#2 posted 215 days ago

That is AWESOME! Its obvious that your daughter loves it and Im sure she will spend many years to come, “Teaching” her little sister all sorts of things on her easel, that was made for her with love and pride! I really like the design yall came up with. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Roger

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#3 posted 214 days ago

Awww. That’s awesome. She is very happy I see.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 214 days ago

Tooch, that is a great Christmas gift for any young child. Congratulations and well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Tooch

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#5 posted 214 days ago

thanks, guys. the kind words mean a lot to me!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 207 days ago

Very nice

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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