Artist's easel


Would anyone have plans for a desktop artist's easel that they wouldn't mind sharing, or would anyone know where plans could be found or purchased? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Thanks for the reply.

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I just did a Google search of this newsgroup for "easel plans" and found a 99. For that matter, I would guess that a Google search of the Web yielded 67,500. It takes a while to sort through the crap, but free is free, right? :)
Good luck.
-Phil Crow
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Thank you Phil.

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I've made a couple of table easels over the years, and found plans hardly necessary (especially as I couldn't find any free ones and I'm too mean to buy).
I just went on photos from sites like http://www.ziggyart.co.uk/products/easels/table_easels / - once the basic principles are grasped, Robert is your Dad's brother.
I'd have posted a few pictures of my own, but I don't want to do that here, and my isp's news server doesn't carry any binary groups.
Actually I've accumulated 3 table easels over the years. The first is just 2 pieces of mdf with a hinge and a strut - works perfectly well. Doesn't even need a separate board for watercolour painting. This one still gets a lot of use, though it's seen better days.
I made the second from a bit of spare ash left over from my grandson's cradle. It's based on pictures like those on the above website - only took an evening to get the dimensions worked out. I didn't keep the plans - sorry. My effort measures about 15" across - the rest can be worked out from that. Dimensions aren't critical as long as the thing works and folds up neatly. I made 3 similar ones for friends.
My third is a commercial item - bought in a sale for a quarter of what my home-made one had cost to make if I'd priced the materials! A bit narrow at 10" across, but very light and practical.
You may not need to make the central clamp adjusment strut as long as some of the commercial easels - figure out what board you'll be putting on it, and allow 3" or 4" adjustment. Just half an hour's work to fit another if it's not right or you change boards.
Don't forget 3 or 4 rubber mini-doorstops on the bottom to stop sliding and danage to tables. You'll need some m4/m6 bolts and wingnuts.
Just have a go at it. If the first isn't right - make another! You really don't need a published or commercial plan - honestly! You can have one of your own sketched out in no time.
JJ
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Thank you JJ. The web site was perfect. All I have to do now is decide which one I want to make. Thanks again!!!

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