I’m not at all an artist but occasionally I do like to dabble with a bit of paint on canvas.
As trying to create a masterpiece bent over a flat surface is pretty darn uncomfortable & the cost of an “artist’s easel” is insane I hit the wood shop and figured out how to make my very own fancy schmancy adjustable easel:
Here’s what I did:
I grabbed three 2m long pieces of thin framing lumber + a piece of 50cm scrap wood, a wingnut, rope, a small upcycled hinge & a couple of nuts & bolts.
I stacked two of the 2m lumber pieces evenly together & drilled a hole through the top of them
popped a long bolt through the holes
flipped it all over and slipped a piece of felt over the bolt end
then screwed on the wingnut
(the felt allows the wingnut to be easily tightened & loosened without damaging the wood)
Pulled the two pieces apart & bolted the scrap wood piece to the front to hold the canvas.
(using nuts bolts to attach the canvas shelf means it can be easily removed & adjusted)
I grabbed that small upcycled hinge & attached it to the end of the remaining 2m wood piece
and attached it just below the wingnut on the back of my almost done easel to create the third leg (a bit of rope stapled between the legs made it super stable!)
The front horizontal shelf can be adjusted to suit both large and small canvases thanks to the easily removable nuts & bolts.
I glued a small piece of wood to the middle of the shelf to help keep the canvas in place while painting – sometimes my brush strokes can get a wee bit wild!
Pretty cool, eh?
Thanks to that wingnut it folds up neat & tidy for easy storage!
Not bad for a DIY easel if I do say so meself!
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