If you want wheels, now is the easiest time
to add them. Turn the base over and lay it on the floor. Get your
casters, line them up on the edges of each corner and screw them
Now you need to screw the main support into the
base. You'll want the easel against a wall, or actually, a doorway
works well, so you can get behind the easel easily. This way the
main support has something to rest on. Take your 4" x 1/2"
bolt and stick it into the hole so it just pokes through the other
side of the base. Then get one of your washers and hang it on the
bolt so that it obscures the bolt. Then you can slide the main support
into place. Wiggle around a bit and you should be able to get the
bolt all the way through the main support. On the other end, place
another washer, and then a 'locking' hex nut. The locking nut 'locks'
because it has a bit of nylon on the outer end, which gives it some
good anti-slip once it's on (you can still remove it if you need
to). Lock-tight or other similar products would work here as well.
Follow the same procedure for the other bolt on the other side.
Now you want to add the rear supports. If you
followed the directions previously, you have hinges screwed to the
supports already. Now you need to screw the other end of the hinge
into the appropriate place on the base for the 37" pieces,
and the second horizontal piece on the main support. Look back at
the diagrams in 'rear supports'
if you don't remember (the placement of the hinges is presented
there in fig. 3). Once you have the hinges screwed in, you can put
the carriage bolt of each top piece into the slotted bottoms pieces--add
a washer and your wing nut.
If you didn't actually screw on the shelf before,
now's the time to do it. Place the U-shaped pieces around the vertical
pieces on the main support. Place the shelf into place--measure
each side to make sure you have it centered, and put a couple screws
on each side to screw the shelf onto the U-shaped pieces.
If you haven't already, go ahead and slide
the clamp onto the center support...
You should now have a fully-functional, massive,
heavy-duty easel to provide a lifetime of painting support. All
for less than $100 in materials. If you are so inclined you could
even stain and varnish it at this point. I didn't bother since it's
going to (already is, actually) get covered in paint anyway.
I encourage you to visit the other areas of the
easel site. The resources
page gives hints about where to buy everything you need. The gallery
page has photographs and emails from previous users of this site--these
easels have been built around the world! The faq
page, strangely enough, contains 'frequently asked questions.'
And finally, there's the author
page. If you're curious why I'd bother doing this or wonder who
I am, you should start there.
I sincerely hope this enables your painting and
was enjoyable as well. Drop me a mail and let me know how these
plans work for you and send me a picture so I can add it to the