An easel is a freestanding, three-legged frame structure, usually made of wood, which is used by an artist to hold a canvas upright while it's being worked on, or to exhibit the piece of artwork.
This easel is big, solid and bulky.
It stands 2000mm (6' 8") high.
I first made it some six years ago under the directions of my daughters.
At the time I thought
it was cumbersome.
However, it passed all trials, stood the test of time and became the budding young artist's favorite painting tool.
It has helped produce many paintings and is still well used today.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the paintings which have been created on this easel.
75x50 (2x3) lumber - 2 pieces at 2065mm (82 3/8") and 1 piece at 2025mm (81").
100x50 (2x4) lumber - 1 piece at 1200mm (4ft).
18mm (3/4") plywood - 1 piece 1200x825 (48"x 33")
10mm (3/8") carriage bolts - 2 at 170mm (7") and 1 at 125mm (5").
A hand full of 60mm (2 1/2") nails and a bit of wood glue.
Note: If 75x50 (2x3) stock can't be obtained, it can be ripped out of 150x50 (2x6) stock.
It can also be replaced by 50x50 (2x2) stock for a flimsier version or 100x50
(2x4) stock for a sturdier version.
Use treated lumber, galvanized bolts and galvanized nails if the easel is to be used and left outside.
Step 1. Cut the members
Cut the two front legs 2065mm (82 3/8") long. Angle cut the tops 15° as shown in the drawing.
Measure 1950mm (78") up from the bottom of both front legs and drill a 10mm (3/8") hole through the face (widest) side at right angles to the angle cut. See fig.2.
Cut the rear leg 2025mm (81") long. Drill two 10mm (3/8") holes through the face (widest) side, one up 975 (39") from the bottom and the other up
Cut the horizontal cross member 1200mm (4ft) long.
Cut the 18mm (3/4") plywood backing board
1200 (48") long x 825 (33") wide.