View Full Version : Easel

08-11-2016, 06:25 PM
I'll start things off with a project I did several years ago. I decided that I needed an easel for my paintings but all I had was a table easel which was a bit small and not so sturdy. So I looked around the net and found some photos of H easels that I liked. I modified the designs and built my own. I actually had no idea of how they worked so I figured it out as I went.

This one can hold canvases up to about 6' tall and probably just as wide. I doubt I'll ever do such a large painting but I have the capability if I wish. It's made of red oak. The pivot points at the bottom of the legs are made of a cut steel rod. All joinery is tongue and groove often secured with wooden pins.


I think I would use larger casters on the bottom if I were to do this again. it's not too late to change them but they really aren't that bad.

08-12-2016, 02:18 AM
A real work of art Ken. Often I find finding the hardware is difficult.


08-12-2016, 07:05 AM
Thanks Doug. I built it to use a counterweight but I've never actually installed it. It would make working with a large canvas somewhat easier, but I tend to work on 16x20 or less so it's never been an issue ... one of these days though ...

Mike L
08-12-2016, 08:16 PM
That's gorgeous! Only thing missing is a clinometer on the movable lower support bracket/shelf.


08-12-2016, 09:09 PM
It doesn't show well in this photo, but the easel does indeed incline. I built it so it could lean a bit forward in case I wanted to use it for pastels or charcoal and it also leans back although I don't know exactly how far - never measured it. It's dark here now but I'll take a photo from the side to show the leaning aspect when it gets light tomorrow.

I had fun designing and building it. Some of it was done from the seat of my pants to be honest as I never saw one of these in person so I just had to figure out how it worked from photos and my experience in making the parts going into it. I'm not entirely sure what I made is what most H frame easels are .. but considering I expect I will only work on 16x20 canvases, it will be sufficient.

Scene Chaser
08-12-2016, 11:23 PM
Well done. You must intend to do some large paintings.

08-13-2016, 12:39 AM
Thanks Bill ... not really. I just figured if I was going to make an easel it ought to be an H frame. I don't know why but that's what I thought ... so I did. The fact that it would accommodate large canvases was really just a side effect. On the other hand, if I ever do want to go large I'm ready.

08-14-2016, 11:39 PM
This will also double as a display for those large pieces, too.

It is really a work of art in it's own way.


08-15-2016, 04:31 AM
Very little that I make using wood isn't something of an artistic endeavor - except for shelves and that sort of utilitarian thing. Some things work out better than others, of course. This easel had room for improvement though. I was using pegs for an artistic type of design along the top. Unfortunately I put them in before I cut the angles on the top. As a result some of the pins are not in the proper place. Oh well .. live and learn.

09-14-2016, 11:32 PM
Very cool and very beautiful.:)

09-15-2016, 04:57 AM
Thank you ... I used red oak because it was inexpensive and something I had available. In the end I'm glad I used it because it was easy to work with and is really quite attractive.

11-23-2016, 08:47 PM
Beautiful studio easel nice workmanship

12-20-2016, 09:06 PM
Wow, Ken. This is magnificent! Gorgeous work and so useful - and you have the satisfaction of its uniqueness, remembering the work that went into it when you paint. Some things are just perfect.

12-20-2016, 09:34 PM
Not perfect by any means, but satisfying nonetheless. :D

Thank you.

01-03-2017, 11:44 AM
What a lovely piece of work, don't think I'd want to cover it in paint :)

01-03-2017, 12:22 PM
Thank you laf.art ... well, there seems no chance of that - I haven't picked up a paint brush since I built it. I am starting to get the urge to draw again though.

01-11-2017, 05:03 PM
That. . . is the kind of easel I need around the house. When I get into an actual house again I think I will have to build one!

01-12-2017, 05:29 AM
That. . . is the kind of easel I need around the house. When I get into an actual house again I think I will have to build one!
It's actually pretty easy and considering what they charge for them on various sites ... !!!! I built it from some extra red oak I had lying around. The only things I ended up buying were some steel plates (used as guides for the moving center portion), a solid steel rod I used for the hinges on the base, several eye hooks for the rope guides for the weight (which I haven't put on yet ... and maybe won't as I don't need it), and the castors. If I had it to do over I would buy larger castors.

04-04-2017, 01:48 AM
The H frame easels always say now here is an artist to me. Someday I'll deserve one. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work one this.

04-04-2017, 06:28 AM
Thanks Dianna ... One of these days I'm gonna do some painting ... at least that's the plan. Getting started though is easier said than done I'm afraid ....

08-27-2017, 08:14 PM
An excellent job...and an excellent piece of equipment!!

08-27-2017, 09:00 PM
Thank you Jon ... I enjoyed building it and I expect I will also enjoy using it.