My wall easel is done and all ready to accommodate larger paintings awaiting my attention. The wall easel has a minimal depth requirement but can accommodate a 7’x8′ painting easily enough or multiples pieces at the same time.
Two weeks ago, I started building the wall easel for my studio inspired by artist Jason Tueller’s design and handy work. The first weekend, I knocked out most of the build project, installing wall braces and vertical rails in an earlier blog Oct 14 (Studio set up).
However, I still needed to make the clamping bars to hold my paintings on the easel. It has been slower process to fabricate those parts.
I had to trouble shoot how to notch out the back part of the clamp to fit around the vertical rails. I definitely wanted to have them adjustable in height to accommodate small and large pieces. So I had to plan my process to keep the wood blocks true during and after the build to provide a better fit on the vertical rails.
I have limited tools. I have a circular saw, a drill and other basic carpentry tools. I did not have access to a table saw or sanding table that might have made quicker work of the pieces I needed.
I am a smart girl, so I used set the depth on my circular saws to score out a 1/4″ deep notch. Then set to removing a six-inch section were needed. Sanded it a bit to remove any splinters. Then clamped the matching pieces, drilled peg holes and securing threaded flanges.
I will admit they many not be flawless, but they definitely work! Now I am all set for starting and finishing my next big project!