Portable Drawing Easel

I designed a portable easel out of two pieces of luan (1/8" to 1/4" plywood).  I originally intended to sell them, but decided I didn't really enjoy making them in production levels.  The time vs. cost factor didn't really pan out.

Either way, this is a design that might make an artist loved one happy.  It is fairly quick and easy and has a bit of style to it, I think.

I added some molding at the bottom to act as a sort of pencil or brush holder.  Just some metal rings to hold the two pieces of wood together and a SWEEEEET woodburning on the front with my name--feel free to put someone else's name on yours!

What you don't see in the photos is a leather strap with a small dowel at the end that fits into two notches--one for holding the two sides of the wood from splaying apart when it's in easel mode, and another for when you want to keep it closed for carrying it.

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akumar1644 years ago

ioncat4 years ago
Pretty good DIY project :)
carkilla4 years ago
Pretty cool idea Jason and I have a sister in law that would love it. Quick question, what did you use for the rings and can you add a couple pics of the dowel holes and strap setup? I think I can kind of see them in the pic, but a closeup would be great. Thanks.
MakeItWithJason (author)  carkilla4 years ago
You can use Keychain rings, or these loose leaf rings http://s7d5.scene7.com/is/image/Staples/481326_00_ci_sc7?$splssku$.

As for the picture of the dowel and strap, I'll try and get a photo of it soon.

The keychain rings are what I thought of first, but that link looks like the better way to go since it would be easier to add paper to it. Look forward to the pics and great ideas. I actually started following your posts after checking out your travel trailer since I've been working on building one of those as well. Thanks again.

MakeItWithJason (author)  carkilla4 years ago
Good luck on the trailer! Thanks for following my stuff! I have a website with even more stuff.
Kiteman4 years ago
Kiteman Kiteman4 years ago
Oh, wait, I see one, but where is the "how to"?
MakeItWithJason (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
It was more of a brief explanation of what I did--I didn't have a ton of photos to show. That's why I chose the one-step instructable format.
Maybe add a "folded" photo?
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