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 2×4’s in half to make them squareish. I ended up cutting them all to about 46 inches. You could buy 2×2’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 1/4 inch by 4 1/2 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?