Last fall I made several large display easels
I don’t have pictures, but I’ll tell you that I clamped the left and right pieces together, drew a slanted line, and used my jigsaw to cut the angle. I then held the three pieces together to draw the line to drill my holes. You can see from the lines that you don’t drill exactly “straight” through the boards. (I ripped some 1x's, so my small boards are about ¾ x ¾) You can get these kinds of small boards in the lumber dept at Home Depot.
I purchased small screws and wing nuts to allow the easel to fold and extend.
I used a piece of trim for the cross piece, attaching it with my brad nailer.
From this angle, it looks sooooo long. But I wanted to show you that I very, very carefully put it back on the compound miter saw to even out the ends. I do not recommend that you do this.
I made three sizes. The outside pieces measure 16, 22.5, 25 with the bottom cross piece measuring 15, 16, 16 I made the back leg 1 inch shorter on each of them.
I painted them black.
Here is one of the medium sized chalkboards on it.
I think any chalkboard would look super on one of these easels.
From the back—you can see that I’ve added the d-rings so that my chalkboards will hang either horizontally or vertically. Generally it only takes 3 rings, I make the one on the top right swing either way…. but this door had a joint right there, and I couldn’t screw the d-ring into the crack.
I played around recently with a couple of tables and my displays to see how I’m going to set up at my upcoming show.
The easels are pretty easy to make, but painting them is a little time consuming.
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.