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How to build a kids multipurpose easel

Page 1: Introduction, the tools, and the pieces
Page 2: Instructions - Assemble the easel
Page 3: Add the final touches

An easy project to make. It can be built without the use of any power tools.


kids art easel

This is a good, simple, easy-to-make kid's easel that can be used for a blackboard, a whiteboard, a clipboard, and an artist's canvas.

To make this easel is simply a matter of cutting the wood to length, marking and drilling the holes according to the cutting list and individual piece drawing in step 1., and then just bolting all the pieces together.

The measurements throughout this projects are given in both millimeters and inches.
The metric measurements are given first, followed by the imperial measurements in brackets.
Note: For rounding-off purposes, the metric (mm) measurements given are not an exact match to their equivalent imperial (inch) counterparts, so use one or the other.

For this project you will need
Two pieces of 50mm x 25mm (1"x 2") wood, 1100mm (44") long.
One piece of 50mm x 25mm (1"x 2") wood, 900mm (36") long.
One piece of 50mm x 25mm (1"x 2") wood, 800mm (32") long.
One piece of 50mm x 25mm (1"x 2") wood, 600mm (24") long.
One piece of 150mm x 25mm (1"x 6") wood, 300mm (12") long.
One 150mm (6") T hinge
Thirteen 6mm (1/4") carriage bolts with nuts and washers: seven at 50mm (2") long and six at 30mm (1 1/4") long.
Three 25mm (1") long wood screws
A piece of strong thin rope, and three plastic containers to hold pencils, chalk, crayons, etc.

Tools you will need

easel making tools

Note: As well as this free online version, You can also purchase this plan in downloadable PDF file, print-friendly and in clean copy (free of ads) for only $5.00.   Click here to purchase.
The plans can be purchased online and immediately downloaded to your computer.

A bit about the wood size
The wood sizes referred to in this project are the nominal sizes. The nominal size of a piece of wood is the size (width and thickness) of the wood before it is dressed (surfaced, smooth, seasoned) and is the size generally referred to when purchasing from the lumber store. The actual size, or dressed size of the wood will be less than the nominal size. For example, a piece of 1"x 2" wood when dressed may be 3/4"x 1 1/2" actual size.
Sizes (widths and thicknesses) do vary from place to place but that will not have any impact on this project.

Identifying the parts

kid's easel parts

The individual pieces

kid's easel individual pieces

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