|Project by Tooch||posted 12-25-2013 06:57 PM||697 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
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!
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