A Cute Little Easel for a Budding Artist

Free Plans to Build a Joss & Main Inspired Apple Art Easel

Looking at this easel reminds of my kids when they were little… I still don’t think I’m old enough to have adult children! My birth certificate says I’m old enough and their birth certificates says I’m their mother so I guess it’s true!

Enough of that – the free plans to build a Joss & Main Inspired Apple Art Easel is for the little ones to express their creativity. It features a handle at the top for easy transport and a shelf with a stop to corral wayward chalk or markers. The chalkboard can be replaced with a dry-erase board or a lauan panel with a large binder clip attached to it to hold paper, if desired!

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel

Materials:

Lumber:

  •  1 – 1×2 at 8′
  • 1 – scrap of 1×6 at 18-1/2″
  • 1 – scrap of 1×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 2′ x 4′ chalkboard sheet, dry erase sheet or 1/4″ plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 1×2 at 15-1/2″ – Frame
  • 2 – 1×2 at 22″ – Frame
  • 1 – 1×6 (ripped to 5″ wide) at 18-1/2″ – Shelf
  • 2 – 1×4 at 3″ – Brackets
  • 1 – 1×2 at 18-1/2″ – Top Trim
  • 1 – leftover scrap from ripping the 1×6 shelf piece at 17″ or scrap of shoe molding  – Shelf Stop
  • 1 – Chalkboard, Dry Erase Board, or 1/4″ lauan at 17-1/2″ x 21″ – Back of Frame

 Click on the drawings to enlarge them!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter pieces. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Frame

Step Two

Cut the piece for the shelf. Rip the piece to 5″ wide and set the scrap piece aside. Attach to the bottom of the frame using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Shelf

Step Three

Cut the pieces for the brackets. They can either be quarter-circles or triangles as long as the edges attaching to the frame and shelf measure 3″ each. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Brackets

Step Four

Cut the piece for the top trim. The front will overlap the frame by 1/2″ and the back will overlap the frame by 1/4″. Attach using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Top Trim

Step Five

Cut the piece of scrap from ripping the 1×6 or a piece of shoe molding. Attach to the shelf using glue and brad nails. If using the scrap piece, use 5/8″ brad nails. If using shoe molding, use 1-1/4″ brad nails.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Shoe Molding

Step Six

Cut the piece for the back of the frame. Attach using 5/8″ brad nails.

 Free Plans to Build an Apple Art Easel_Chalkboard

Finish as desired, then attach the handle.

 

Have questions about the free plans to build a Joss & Main Inspired  Apple Art Easel? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2013-01-10 08:00:16.