Artists easel – Plans and Instructions
An artists easel is a freestanding, three-legged frame structure, usually made of Timber, lumber. The hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees, 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 artists 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.
• 75×50 (2×3) Any of the framing wood. – 2 pieces at 2065mm (82 3/8″) and 1 piece at 2025mm (81″).
• 100×50 (2×4) lumber – 1 piece at 1200mm (4ft).
• 18mm (3/4″) A piece of wood made of three or more layers of wood veneer laminated together with glue. – 1 piece 1200×825 (48″x 33″)
• 10mm (3/8″) Are round headed bolts with square shoulders that resist rotation when located or driven into place. They can be called coach bolts or carriage bolts depending on which part of the world you live in. The head end of the bolt does not need a washer, but the other end of the bolt (the nut end) usually does. – 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 75×50 (2×3) stock can’t be obtained, it can be ripped out of 150×50 (2×6) stock.
It can also be replaced by 50×50 (2×2) stock for a flimsier version or 100×50 (2×4) stock for a sturdier version.
Use Pressure treated. Refers to lumber that is treated in such a way that the sealer is forced into the pores of the wood. Refers to lumber pressure sprayed with chemicals to lengthen its life expectancy for outside use or inground applications. lumber, Covered with a protective coating of zinc. 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 The widest side of a piece of wood. (widest) side at right angles to the angle cut. See fig.2 in the plan drawing below.
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 1850mm (74″).
Cut the Parallel to the horizon, flat, level. cross Piece of lumber that is part of a frame or structure. 1200mm (4ft) long.
Cut the 18mm (3/4″) plywood backing A piece of sawn, or dressed lumber of greater width than thickness. Usually 19mm (3/4") to 38mm (1 1/2") thick and 75mm (3") or more wide. 1200 (48″) long x 825 (33″) wide.
Step 2. Leg assembly
Lay the three legs on the ground with the rear leg in the middle.
Line up the holes in the tops of the legs.
Put a A metal rod that has a head on one end and threads on the other and is used to fasten together lumber. The most common bolts used or referred to in projects within this website are coach/carriage bolts and hex bolts. through the holes and loosely place a washer and nut on the end of the bolt.
Spread the two front legs at the bottom until they are 1125mm (45″) apart. See fig.1.
Tighten the nut.
Step 3. Complete assembly
With the leg assembly still lying on the ground, and with the tops of the legs bolted together and the bottoms spread apart 1125mm (45″), then center and drill and bolt the horizontal cross member to the front legs 950mm (38″) up from the bottom of each front leg. See fig.1.
Glue and A short nail with a large flat head used for securing roofing felt, plasterboard, sheet metal to wood etc. the plywood backing board to the front legs positioned as shown in fig.1. Ensure that there is glue between the bottom edge of the backing board and the horizontal cross member.
Step 4. Stand and tie
Stand the easel upright and arrange (spread) the legs until the easel is at a convenient angle.
Add a rope to The part of the plywood wall panels that overlaps the door and window frame, and protrudes into the door or window area and covers any gaps between the door/window and the surrounding frame. It acts as a stop for the door and also stops the rain getting in. the easel from spreading any further apart. Thread one end of the rope through the hole in the rear leg and tie off.
Tie the other end of the rope to an eye screw fixed to the back of the cross member. That’s it! Go and paint.
Below are some of the paintings that have been created on this easel.
The size of the plywood backing A sheet that forms a distinct flat and rectangular section or component. A transparent panel used to fill a framed section of a window. on the easel is 1200mm (4ft) wide x 825mm (48″x 33″) so that will give a perspective as to the size of the painting.
Painting above is ‘Girl sleeping’ painted by Roseanne and Jacqui Kenny
Painting above is ‘Girl resting’ painted by Roseanne and Jacqui Kenny
Painting above is ‘Girl standing’ painted by Roseanne and Jacqui Kenny
Painting above is ‘Girl walking’ painted by Roseanne Kenny
Painting above is ‘Tree’ painted by Angela Kenny
Painting above is ‘Surf wave’ painted by Angela Kenny