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? :)
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
- 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
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.
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