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Old 02-08-2020, 09:03 PM
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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

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That looks good, except that it says it holds the Strada up at a 90 degree angle. I typically tilt the palette down somewhat, so the angle is more like 120 degrees. Still, I might be able to live with it.

Good point. I think a DIY brace that has a wide range of angles would be better. A simple piece of bar stock with a slot in the center or several holes spaced about 1/2" apart, held to the panel holder and the box with threaded knobs that go into a threaded T-Nut like parts set, one attached to an L shaped bracket pop riveted on the panel holder, facing forward so it doesn't poke up when the box is closed, and a threaded T-Nut assembly installed on the flat side of the box itself, up near the front, shouldn't be too tough to fabricate. All you would need is a drill, and a pop rivet tool, plus the parts below.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...1917/204273967

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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

Thanks, contumacious. That looks like a sensible (and cheaper!) solution.
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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

In case you need more information about different pochade boxes and easels, I've created a guide to many of them on my website:
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/pochade-box-reviews/
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/pl...easel-reviews/
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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

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In case you need more information about different pochade boxes and easels, I've created a guide to many of them on my website:
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/pochade-box-reviews/
https://www.virtualartacademy.com/pl...easel-reviews/

Good resource.

The Sun Eden pochade box and shelf in their package that comes with a tripod look like identical to the Sienna brand stuff. Is that what they use in their bundles?

I saw one a few summers ago that looked like the best out there if you like to paint big and want lots of palette space. It was made completely of wood, including very long splayed out legs that would hold up a big panel in a moderate breeze. Similar to the Beauport. I cannot remember the name of it.

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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

Hi Moscatel,

With my new setup I'm using a Dolica lightweight Aluminum tripod with a ball head. I think it retails for about sixty bucks on Amazon. Very lightweight, and it was the one Joshua Been recommends on his webpage. I got the tripod in anticipation of getting his palette, but since I went elsewhere, I figured I would just stick with the tripod and see how it worked with the Strada MKII. It seems to work fine, though I imagine the plastic leg clasps will eventually break. So far so good though, and if I get several months out of it, it will have paid for itself. I would get a Manfrotto, and I might if this one breaks, but they are expensive. Of course if it lasts years instead of months, it would be worth it.

Here are a few photos of my new setup.

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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

After too much wobble with two other panel holders, I bought the Sienna Compact (the smaller lightweight one)and it is sans ANY wobble. Sturdy as a wall. It looks like it is heavy but it is very lightweight. You can get panel fairly close to palletl. Super easy to attach and adjust. Plus it is a beautiful piece of woodwork.
I bought at either Dick Blicks or Jerry’s for around $60 plus $10 off sale. Here is good pictures of it. Didn’t pay their price though.
https://products.richesonart.com/pro...-canvas-holder

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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

Grotius, I add here another photo for you how my Manfrotto is standing. This is a setup from last summer. Painting size is about 10x17 in so you can see my box is not that big. It's very light.

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Thanks Randy for your answer. Mine has lasted about 12 yrs. now and is still good. In my tripod's description they say sand won't get inside the arms but it did when I was painting in sand dunes in Fuerteventura, Spain where sand was blowing and there was lots of it. It was inside for a few yrs and felt rough each time when I opened the tripod but it's gone now. Sand isn't there anymore.


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Re: My Strada's mast wobbles. Is the EasyL more stable?

Thanks for all these great posts!

Randy, is there any wobble with the Strada Mk II? As I mentioned, my Strada easel's "mast" sort of flaps (wobbles) when I push the panel with the brush. I don't have the Mark II; I have one of the standard Strada easels. Also, does the Mark II handle very small panels -- 5" x 7," 6" x 8"?

Chamisa, that Sienna mast looks like a good alternative. Does it attach to the tripod ballhead with a quick-release plate? Would the larger version be just as sturdy? What palette do you use with it? One of those palettes that goes over tripod legs? Sorry I'm so full of questions!

Moscatel, thanks for the photo. Wow, that tripod of yours has survived lots of tough conditions! I'm impressed. I'm off to look at their website...
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