Monday, May 28, 2007

Pimp My Easel







Sounds like a new artist reality TV show, but it is not. After using my Cheap Joe's brand French Easel, I decided to make a few modifications. Being a professional Industrial Designer and Inventor by day, I just could not help but make a few modifications. When I paint, I typically have two large buckets of water, a sponge, pallet, Windex bottle sprayer and a handful of brushes. Most of the stuff stores neatly in the drawer and in the back of the easel. When the easel is fully deployed ready to go, I open the drawer which contains my brushes, a knife for scraping and some tissues, and place my pallet on the open drawer. To prevent the pallet from sliding, I placed 4 feet on the bottom so that they straddle the drawer on either side. To make the easel a more stand alone unit, I needed a place to place my water buckets. The key is that they needed to be placed in an easily accessible location. I fashioned some L brackets out of aluminum and fastened them to each leg in the slots with a thumb screw and wing nut. This way they can be easily disassembled and placed in the box for transport. I thought the sponge placement would be a bit more difficult. I was able to fashion a sponge holder from a piece of aluminum angle and a piece of gray PVC flat stock I had laying around. I used a torch to heat the PVC at the desired location and bent a 90 degree angle. I attached the angle to the PVC with rivets and voila, a sponge holder. I found that attaching the holder to the leg joint on the easel an ideal location. Water bucket below, sponge above. I added a few drain holes in the PVC so that excess water will drain back into the bucket below. I also added a hook to the drawer pull to hold my towel. Stay tuned, I am sure I will have more modifications.

4 comments:

laserone said...

Very cool setup. Love the title of your post. :)

soulcomfort said...

These are great ideas you have implemented for your easel! I just snooped on your blog a bit and am SO grateful to you for posting your works in progress like you do! This is so helpful to beginners like me--I can't even tell you how much. I have saved your blog so that I can come back and be inspired. Love your work!!
Always, Rita

Linda said...

Suh-weeet! This is really great! You should consider selling these attachments ... there are some of us who would probably buy them...
;-)

artsyfran said...

This is a great way to make an inexpensive easel exactly what you need. I'm sure they'd be big sellers with other EDM people!