Portable Art Desk with Adjustable Easel

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Project by hydro posted 01-02-2014 06:33 PM 1960 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a portable art box with a tilting easel that I made for my daughter as a Christmas present. Designed to carry a 5” X 8” sketchbook and bin full of drawing supplies, it sits on a lap or table. Made of locally sawn hard maple and dowel construction, with a solid drawing board and frame and panel bottom. The top pivots on a pin hinge and can be set at various angles with the exterior knob which locks a modified hinge support mounted inside the box. The end boards are sculpted with hand tooled edges, left with burnished tool marks. The handle is leather that I took a crack at sewing myself, and the attachment pins are Canadian pennies that have been domed and attached to screws with silver solder, then finished with oxidized patina.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 02:49 PM

Really nice job. Those pennies are a great touch.

-- Romney

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#2 posted 01-04-2014 10:59 PM

This is a sweet lil project. An artist would like this.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 02:19 PM

Wonderful art box! Like the design especially the way you attached the handle with the coins. Great job!

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