Notice one of the support legs (shown in the image as the right side) was replaced with a temporary support until I re-glue the broken piece.
The french easel is made well and is still a bit delicate if you are too rough with it. The broken portion was created by someone forcing the easel open without loosening the side pieces.
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Step 1: Identify Broken Part
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Step 2: Working Side of French Easel
Step 3: Replaced Side
During this project I took special care to make a replacement part that was sanded within a few millimeters of the original part that was broken.
Step 4: Replace Broken Side
1) remove broken wood
2) remove all hardware
3) measure and assess working piece from other side
4) duplicate dimensions for temporary replacement piece
5) re-install and use for art
**note: down the road I will attempt to glue the original back together and reuse the hardwood although because when i removed the broken piece it is in poor to bad repair this might not work to glue it back together and the temporary fix may remain as a permanent fix.
Step 5: End Result. a Great Working French Easel
FYI: When working with a french easel make sure that the drawer is always secure before picking it up off the ground. This is achieved by closing the easel portion with the drawer already all the way inside of the easel.