Along with the paints, brushes, and canvases, an easel is an artist’s must-have tool. It is a tripod-like wooden structure that holds the canvas or painting. Though there are lots of different easels in the market, it is more practical to make your own. Easels are somewhat expensive, especially those made from special wood. On the contrary, making your own easel only requires some handwork, time, and a few dollars. Here’s how to create a DIY easel.
- Prepare your tools and materials. You will need a drill, a hacksaw, bolt, washer, wing nut, chord, and hook. You can use spare wood for your easel, but to make sure your easel can withstand extreme conditions, buy new wood. The best wood for easel is one that is sturdy and hard. Lumber and cherry are examples. For the frame board, you can make do with plywood.
- Cut the parts. You have to cut the three legs (two front legs and one back leg), bottom cross member, and frame board. The two front legs should measure around 83 inches, while the back leg should be 80 inches. Cut the top edge of the front legs following a 15-degree angle so that the legs have pointed ends. Cut out the frame board from the plywood with a measurement of 33 inches in length and 50 inches in width. The bottom cross member, the piece of wood placed right below the frame board, should measure 50 inches long.
- Drill holes. Drill a ¾-inch hole on each front leg five inches from the pointed top end. Drill two ¾-inch holes on the back leg, with one hole seven inches from the top and the other 40 inches from the top.
- Begin assembling. Lay all the legs on the floor. The back leg should be sandwiched by the two front legs. Join the three legs together by inserting a bolt into the holes. Spread the two front legs apart, then lock the bolt with the washer and wing nut. After which, measure 45 inches from the bottom of the front legs to find the center area where you will attach the bottom cross member. Bolt it to the front legs. Right above the bottom cross member, glue the frame board to the front legs. Finally, attach a hook on the back part of the bottom cross member, through which you will loop the chord tied to the center hole of the back leg. This is to prevent the legs from slanting apart.
- Test the easel. Erect the easel and put a canvass on it. See if it stands steadily. If it wobbles, you might want to tighten the washer and wing nut. Check also if the easel stands at a height you prefer. If not, adjust the distance of the legs. You can slide them farther apart or bring them closer together.
Sand the easel to smooth the rough surface. Then, paint or stain it. If made properly, your easel can last for years and help you make a lot of masterpieces.