I wanted a way to efficiently work with multiple canvases at the same time. After thinking about it and sketching several versions and measurements, I defined requirements…
- I wanted:
- able to handle 12″ x 16″ canvases or panels in either vertical or horizontal placement
- able to handle 9″ x 12″ canvases or panels in either vertical or horizontal placement
- remove the need to add wood struts to inside of top and bottom of canvases or panels to elevate and paint edges
- handle seven canvases or more at the same time
- hangable on the wall in the space I have (better painting handling for smaller canvases)
- sufficient space around each individual canvas on the panel to work with edges and top and bottom without feeling cramped
I love wood, and I have some Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) wood scraps left over from a furniture project. I build and built cabinetry and furniture and I have tools… To do this I used a Porter-Cable plunge base router, a 1/4″ straight carbide bit, a Ryobi cabinet table saw system for dimensioning lumber, a Dewalt 12″ Surfacing Planer to smooth and clean and dimension hardwood, a Porter-Cable pancake compressor and a Porter-Cable 18 guage pin nail gun and hose, 5/8″ nails, Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue, spray clear satin lacquer, a paint respirator (lacquer is EXTREMELY toxic), a Milwaukee Cordless 3/8 drill and batteries, Milwaukee drill bits, a General Drill Guide. That last drill guide is often useful – I build a block jig that holds the material in place, screw the guide onto that block jig, and can drill consistent centered holes over and over, in this case through the blocks that hold the canvases in place.
The panel itself was pre-cut 1/2″ birch 24″ x 48″ panel. Pre-cut because I didn’t want to handle a full sheet, I thought it would be faster to do it pre-cut this time, it probably would have been about the same in hindsight.
Here’s the easel panel (Klopfenstein easel NOT built from scratch for this project):