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Old 09-11-2018, 09:18 PM
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setting up a french type easel

I have a "no-name" French type easel. For you who use one, how do you set it up? Mine is ~15 pounds empty. Do you take out the supplies or supply drawer first? It's not only heavy (for me) it's bulky, too. It's nice, but with those two, I don't know that I can get a lot of use out of it.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:14 AM
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Re: setting up a french type easel

No need to remove any of the supplies or draws.
This is how I put one up, carry it by the handle and place it handle up at your feet with what will be the top facing you and the legs facing away, the draw will be facing down.
Tip the box back towards you and let what will be the top rest against your knees.
Bend over and release the two legs at the draw end, set then in their groves and tighten the thumb screws, then extend and tighten the lower part of the legs.
Now unfold the single leg, tighten and extend.
You now have the box resting against your knees with all the legs set and facing away from you. Take hold of the handle and lift and role the box away from you so it pivots on the two legs.
Open up the box and you are ready to paint!

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Re: setting up a french type easel

What a great description

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Old 09-12-2018, 09:50 AM
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Re: setting up a french type easel

Thanks! I just did it--it works. Your directions were clear and concise, easy to follow.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:14 PM
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Re: setting up a french type easel

Here is how I do it. Albert Handell showed me and it takes a minute.

Extend the back/middle leg all the way and use it as a stand as you rest the front part of the box (the area between the two front legs) on your knee (I use my right knee).

Extend each of the other two legs, one first, all the way and let the easel stand on it (middle of the box still on your knee). The easel will now be using two legs and your knee. Finally release the third leg all the way. Done.

I found a video showing this way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o49T1xIsVP8
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Old 09-19-2018, 10:18 AM
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Re: setting up a french type easel

Be careful not to lose the adjustment wing nuts that seem to come undone much to easy.
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Re: setting up a french type easel

a number of videos around seem to favour setting up the front leg first, I prefer to set the two side legs up before the front leg and therefore don't have to balance the easel against myself.

here's another slightly different explanatory video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D14WGkaY-a4

and Jacksons in the UK have another method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE1BUBQhzZ4

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Old 09-19-2018, 05:42 PM
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Re: setting up a french type easel

At the end of the day (or in the final analysis ), it's whatever works for you.
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Re: setting up a french type easel

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a number of videos around seem to favour setting up the front leg first, I prefer to set the two side legs up before the front leg and therefore don't have to balance the easel against myself.

here's another slightly different explanatory video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D14WGkaY-a4

and Jacksons in the UK have another method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HE1BUBQhzZ4

Mac

That's my approach. I have the half box and I think that makes this easier.
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