While I built mine to hold my whiteboard, it could be used for painting, drawing, or any other easely purposes.
Step 1: Supplies
- Ply wood - I got a $2 board from the cull cart at Home Depot.
- 4 "U" brackets - These are in the same section as the lumber. Mine cost $0.76 each
- 2 hurricane straps, they're basically strips of metal with holes in them. Same section as the U brackets. Mine are 2ft long. Mine cost $1.15 each
- 14 screws shorter than your wood is thick
- Hot glue/wood glue
- Felt pads
- Circular Saw
- Sandpaper or Sander
- Carpenter's square (I used a free sample of carpet)
- Tape measure
Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once
Next you have to decide where to put the brackets. I put one 8 inches up on either side, and two on the bottom, each 5 inches from the center. Use your square to align them and mark two screw holes for each one.
At this point you can cut out your wood. I also cut a 2 inch strip of wood to use as a ledge on the bottom.
It goes without saying to observe all safety standards when using power tools.
Step 3: Sanding
Step 4: Attach the Brackets
Step 5: The Hangers
Use your vise to bend the strap on each line. Tighten the jaws on the line and bend it by hand.
Now that you have two candy cane shapes, feel free to run around and have fun with them. They're great for opening fridge doors and...not much else.
Put the hooks on a door and hold up the easel to them, in order to determine how far down they need to be screwed in.
Flip your easel over and find the center. I put them each 5 inches from the center.Use the square to align them and mark the screw holes. Drill and screw them in.
At this point, your easel is done. I opted to add a ledge to mine, if you did, too, continue to the next step.
Step 6: Ledge
Step 7: Optionals
Adding felt pads to the back will stop the easel from scratching the door behind it. Pads on the brackets will stop the screws from scratching your frame/work.
Enjoy your Easel!