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Forum topic by Charlie posted 08-31-2013 01:45 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-31-2013 01:45 PM

Blogging this build here

I’ve posted in various sections soliciting ideas for various parts of this, but I’ve made some real progress.
I have the easel standing! (yay!)

Right now it has a temporary back brace clamped in while I make the permanent ones. I have the center column built, but not installed as I have to make the canvas supports and they’ll require a lot of fitting and checking and I think it would just be easier to have the center column on the bench for all of that.

Then I have to build all of the stuff for the counter-balance system, but it would be absolutely usable without the counter-balance stuff.
The photo really does not show how pretty the cherry is. It’s darker than the photo is showing it, but …..

I can’t wait to get this done, get a canvas on it and start painting again. And I’ll probably cry the first time I slop paint on it… hehehe. Kinda like the first dent in a new car. Oh well. It’s an easel….. ok not quite an easel but it will be one soon.

One of the reasons I posted this in addition to the blog, was to point out something for folks who are always looking for something to build to sell. Right now I am into this for under $200. Probably way under. And easel like this retails for anywhere from about $900 to $1600 depending on materials. When complete, this one would be toward the higher end of that range. If I build them to sell at $800, that’s still a pretty tidy profit. It is, however a niche market.

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 02:57 PM


Even a niche resale market of one or two per year with this margin of profit would be a nice income to support your painting and woodcrafting hobbies.
If you created a market for two or three per month that would be a wonderful supplemental income but, would that allow you to enjoy your leisure hobby time?

The design and construction looks very solid and you could always add some ornamentation for Display Easels which would broaden your customer base.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 09-02-2013 04:20 PM

Mine will extend up to a height of about 11 feet…maybe 12. While building it I keep looking at how I could make parts of these ahead of time and customize the frame as needed. Not everyone works in a large studio with 12 ft (or higher) ceilings. Heck, not everyone needs a large, counter-weighted easel.

I’ve been looking for ways to mix some of the things I do. I’ve been an artist for about 45 years. I don’t want a job as I am retired and wanting to enjoy doing artwork, but if I could build a few custom easels a year, that would be nice supplemental income and I live in an area where there are several art shows each year.

Maybe I’ll look at putting together a few over the coming months in preparation for next year’s art shows.

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 07:57 PM

It is indeed a niche market, especially for easels in that price range. I’ve seen easels similar to that made in China for a lot less money. It would be hard to compete.

I made one for my grand daughter; not as nice as yours and it cost me more than I could have bought it for from an art store.

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