Build an easel yourself

Building instructions: easel for children

Children like to paint and design. Therefore, a paint stand offers, which holds a large paper roll. The children have enough space to let their imagination run free. In addition, it is easier for the little ones with the stable painting stand, a body-appropriate attitude when painting with crayons, finger paints or school paints (for example, by Nerchau painting and artist paints) take.

In addition, they must with the painting stand do not clear their works every timeif, for example, the family's dining table is needed elsewhere. The almost finished picture does not need to be removed, but can be safely stored in the folded stand. If the little ones want to keep painting, they just have to unfold the easy-to-reproduce painting device.

material list

4Vertical column parts100.0 cm long45 x 28 mm spruce
3Ständerteile cross57.0 cm long45 x 28 mm spruce
1Stand part transverse, shelf65.5 cm long45 x 28 mm spruce
1Plate, paper pad57.0 x 60.0 cm19 mm chipboard, white coated
2heads19.0 x 14.0 cm22 mm MDF or equivalent plate *
1Round rod, roll holder63.5 cm long∅ 20 mm beech
1Round rod, paper guide60.0 cm long∅ 16 mm beech

Additional required material

  • 10 mm wooden dowels
  • 2 wooden balls with 4 cm diameter
  • 6 mm wooden dowels
  • 2 eyelets
  • 2 hinges
  • clamps
  • curved saw blade
  • angle iron
  • miter saw
  • hammer
  • dowel aids
  • wood glue
  • Colored paints in fire red, traffic yellow, dark green and white

Required power tools

  • jigsaw
  • router
  • drilling machine
  • Vario grinder with base for stationary work
  • Drilling and milling edges

building plans

design drawing

Build an easel yourself: paper

Vertical section

Build an easel yourself: heads

front view

Build an easel yourself: paper

building instructions

Two each of the vertical supports can be cut with a central, rectangular cut from the 210 cm long, planed square timbers with chamfered edges. The bevels at the bottom can be taken from the design drawing and also work with the jigsaw. From a 270 cm long squared timber, the cross pieces are cut.

With solvent-free UHU coll wood glue express, the two frames are glued together bluntly. The three 57 cm long cross pieces were previously provided with a small chamfer on both sides at the ends, which should be as big as the chamfer on the longitudinal edges. The white coated MDF board is also glued. The contact pressure and the alignment at right angles are provided by the lux-clamps provided with rubber caps. The angle control is done with a lux angle.

The frame connections are still dowelled after gluing. Through the vertical frame pieces are drilled about 8 to 9 cm deep holes in the long reef dowels are hammered with thoroughly specified UHU coll express glue. Cut the protruding dowel ends with a fine saw and sand them flush with sandpaper.

The upper stand corners should be rounded. First, mark the rounding and cut the corner with a fine saw. With the Bosch Vario grinder, the curves can be sanded down to the marked line. It goes of course also with rasp, wood file and sandpaper.

The paper rolls are held by original "heads" that can be worked from a 22 mm thick MDF board. Your Contours can be taken directly from the design drawing. The inside corner points of the figure were drilled with a 10 mm wood drill, because from here, the curly edges can be easily edited. In addition, the holes for the roll holder are drilled through and those for the paper guide drilled as blind holes. The two stylized heads are sawed out with the Bosch jigsaw. Clamped in the jigsaw is a very narrow curved saw blade from Lux.

In order to be able to smooth out inaccuracies on the roll holder heads, it is recommended to use the inexpensive base in which the Bosch Vario Grinder can be mounted. At the top of the sanding belt the Vario sanding machine has a roll of 8 mm diameter, which fits very well into the 10 mm holes with the sanding belt. So can the figures are simply reworked, because it is not always possible with the jigsaw to achieve a precisely angled cut. Not only bulges can be worked with the Vario grinder. Roundings and similar external shapes can also be grinded.

The drive motor of the POF 600 ACE "electronic" router is clamped in the Bosch drilling and milling edges. So it is easily possible round off the "heads" with a quarter-end mill with stop pins. The part to be machined is guided from left to right. Also drilled are the 6 mm holes into which the dowels glued into the ball (as a nose) are inserted.

The heads will be aufgedübelt on the front stand. The Lux dowel aids are used to transfer the insertion points of the counterbores from the heads to the stand. The gluing is done with UHU coll wood glue express but later, because paper guide, shelves, heads and stands are to be painted differently colored differently. Press with clamps with the noses pulled out and, where appropriate, the sawing sections can be used as supplements.

The shell is ready. At the top, the two uprights are hinged. At the bottom, a chain is hung, which keeps the stand stable when spread. It is hung in eyelets, which are initially bent up a bit. The chain should be strong and have a tensile force of about 20 kg, because it is not excluded that the tray for the crayons is sometimes used as a "ladder rung".

Hinges and chain are dismantled for painting. The heads - as described - are not yet glued. Where they have to be glued later, masked with masking tape. Twice the frame stand is painted with a special green. It is mixed green and yellow. The coating materials recommended are environmentally friendly Alpina varnishes, which are labeled with the "Blue Angel" environmental label. Alpina acrylic paints are hydrous and have no tendency to yellowing and embrittlement. That's why they are good for the children's game device.

To be able to paint the heads from both sides at the same time, Lux screw clamps serve as "stands". The complexion is applied and dried. Now it's their turn. After drying, change until both colors are applied twice. In the second paint application of the cap, we have taped between pink and red and cut the curly line. So a perfectly smooth cap edge was achieved.

The heads as a roll holder are glued with UHU coll express. The roll holder round bar is first inserted without the waste paper roll, and the 6 mm holes are made through the "nose channel" so that the dowels (with ball) inserted there later can lock the roll holder bar. The upper round rod, which was held in yellow as a paper guide, was already inserted when the heads were glued on. The also painted in yellow tray is glued and screwed from behind. Since the white chipboard springs back about 4 mm from the edges of the stand, a slit has formed between the board and the shelf, through which the paper can be passed downwards.

This construction manual is presented by Alpina colors

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