My cousin Terry was with me when I bought this plastic dresser mirror. As we were loading it in the car, she remarked that I should make an easel for it. I thought about it off and on since then. Somewhere along the line someone else mentioned it. I can’t remember if it was on Facebook, or a comment on the original post.
I decided to give it a go. I looked for a tutorial online and couldn’t find much. So, I’m here to tell you how to DIY your own display easel that is very versatile, and customizable.
I ripped some cull bin 2x4’s in half to make them squareish. I ended up cutting them all to about 46 inches. You could buy 2x2’s from The Home Depot.
What I did find online is that the side pieces needed to have a 15° angle. I didn’t know how to do that so I figured out a way. I cut that little piece of luan on the miter saw with a 15° angle.
I put the board on my piece of lumber and drew a line.
I used my jigsaw to cut the angle. It was a little crude, but if you don’t have a miter saw this is a good option.
Here, I am ready to drill a hole for my bolt.
I drilled both sides at the same time to make sure the holes lined up. This worked, but I’m not really sure why. I used a 5/16 bit. See the end of this post for another way to do this to make sure it works.
This is a dry fit. I have a screw in the top, and the bottom piece clamped on to see if it’s really going to work. I was trying to figure out how far to separate the side legs.
After inserting a ¼ inch by 4 ½ inch long bolt and screwing the bottom piece on, I test to make sure it’s going to hold my chalkboard. This bottom piece is 22 inches wide, and it’s about 12 inches from the ground.
I painted it black.
This is a close-up of the angled pieces and the center piece. After making my prototype, I decided to make a couple more.
My niece Marie and her husband Tom stopped by and I talked to Tom about how he would cut the angle. He showed me that I could do it this way:
I’ve never cut lumber like this before and I was a little nervous about kickback, but Tom assured me it would be okay. It was. 😉
I do NOT recommend cutting lumber this way. As always I must remind you that using power tools is very dangerous and you should not attempt to do something just because I did. Be safe folks, and always wear eye/ear protection.
This is the way I drilled the holes that I think worked better. I drew the line, then turned the piece over, and drilled a straight hole, but at an angle. (not pictured)
I will be using these display easels at my craft show next month.
I have made three, but have only fully assembled this one. I was so anxious to show you, that I didn’t want to wait till I get the other two finished.
I know you want to make one, what will YOU display on your DIY easel?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.