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Old 01-14-2013, 12:08 AM
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Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

I was creating my new studio and wanted a new easel. The stand-a-lone units I have used are too wobbly and can't take large canvases, so I designed the following one. Very strong, cheap to make, and very flexible.

It is a 4 x 4 ft, 5/8 dense particle board, mounted so that it can be set up at any angle between fully vertical to almost horizontal. Cost is less than $50 and takes less than a day to make.

It is mounted fairly high so that I can stand and paint. It could be mounted lower for those who like to sit.

It can handle any size canvas up to 4 x 6 feet and maybe even larger.

For the bar that holds the canvas I decided to just hold it on with clamps. This is strong enough and can be adjusted to any height. The bar could also be cut so that it supports different types of panels and canvas. For example, a small groove for panels, and a wider section for deep canvas.
I'll draw some horizontal lines once I paint it so that it is easier to set the bar level.

I usually work on an angle and a top brace for the canvas is not needed. I tend to paint the sides of canvas so it gets in the way. If you want a top brace, just add another horizontal bar with clamps.

The result is a very stable easel - one of my main requirements. It also folds out of the way if I want more space in the room.




Easel in full vertical position



One of the working angles. So far I have only two positions, but I can add as many as I want. Will do that as I start to use it more.



So far simple screws hold up the working surface. In future I will probably replace them with wood blocks, mostly for esthetic reasons, but for now this works well.



These brackets need to allow the arms to swivel, and I have used some old brackets from a garage door opener. You could use simple "L" brackets that are about 2" wide.



This view shows how it is mounted to the wall. A simple 2x4 mounted to the wall with 4 screws. Screwed right into studs provides a very strong support.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:23 PM
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

Looks simple, sturdy, and practical... thanks for posting!
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

Robert, you rock. Elegant in its simplicity and very well designed and built.
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

Fabulous!
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

That looks fantastic! When I get a studio again, I will have to keep that in mind for an option on a drawing table.

I did a wall mount easel at my old house, which I miss horribly.

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Old 01-19-2013, 07:31 PM
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

Andrew, I did see your post on your easel. It got me thinking about my design. I decided I don't always want to paint vertically, and mine gives me the option to change the angle.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

This is incredibly inventive and practical. I am very impressed! Thank you for posting this.
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Re: Plans for DIY large wall mount easel

Thought I would post an update - I have now been using it for more than 1/2 year. I love it.

I was going to do something fancier for the board being held by the clamps, but they work so well I have left that.

I also wanted to add a level so I know the canvas is set level - but realized I can just use the edge of the big board and line up the canvas with it.
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