Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY WaterColor Easel

      Sketching outside is already a challenge in itself. Add the distractions, weather, insects, fatigue. I've decided that I could reduce that challenge by introducing something that I can control. Comfort. In line with this, I have decided to make a portable and lightweight watercolor easel. The tripod that I used was bought from CDR-King. Unfortunately tripods with round leg was not available during that time so I settled for the one with square legs.

DIY watercolor easel

     To make this easel, I've used a quarter inch plywood, a T-nut (1/4" 20 tpi), and a cheap tripod. The screenshots below show how the wood was cut and assembled but feel free to make adjustments based on your requirement.

T_Nut  assembly
       The piece that will hold the water-bottle and paint was not successfully cut, I had to scrap the first one and cut another.

These are the two configuration I mostly see on the internet. I though that the pattern on the left would be much easier to execute. I believe that the pattern on the right would provide the best grip and would experiment on  making another one.

7 comments:

  1. salamat dito. i'll think of making one for future use.

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    1. You're welcome. I forgot to mention the T-nut is available some where near Recto and Tomas Mapua St. If I remember correctly the name is To Suy Hardware. Hope to see the one you'll be making. :)

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  2. Does the shape of the tripod leg matter or is the round tripod leg just a preference? I'm thinking of making this one too. Thanks for posting this. :)

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    1. Hi Glenda, I was just thinking that rounder legs allows for easy insertion of the wooden tray. If you are planning on building this, I recommend that you follow the second configuration for the tray(right illustration). Plus, gravity will allow it to be more secure. Hope this helps.

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    2. It does help a lot. Thank you ulit. :D

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