Simple Desktop Easel
In my studio I paint on a large drafting table however I wanted something smaller to use in my classes so I built this simple desktop easel for watercolor painting ( though obviously it can also be used for some of the other mediums).
It is useful in a class environment as it stores flat for packing and is reasonably robust.
This is an image of my easel from side on. The point of the hinge fits into holes drilled into the base unit, as you lift the top section of the easel the hinge point drops into each successive hole to allow you to quickly change the angle or your board.
See how it sits against the table edge so it can’t slide forward when you paint.
This desktop easel can be modified for your own purposes. It can be made wider or smaller depending on how large you work. I find it is ideal if you are working on a quarter watercolor sheet (37cm x 27cm or 14.5” x 10.5”). It would probably become to cumbersome if your work is much larger than this.
Materials and dimensions of simple desktop easel
The following two images give you some details about the materials I used for this simple desktop easel.
- The glue I used to attach the hinge to the board is a two part epoxy.
- The hinge needs to be strong enough to take the weight of the board and what else you place on it.
- The board is made from waterproof ply about 5/16th of an inch thickness.
- If you are not experienced with the tools needed to make the desktop easel I suggest you seek the help of someone who is. Power tools, chisels, etc. can be dangerous in inexperienced hands.