Instructions to Assemble an Artist's Easel

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Instructions to Assemble an Artist's Easel
A new easel may require assembly. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

An artist's easel improves the ergonomics of working on a painting. The canvas can be raised, lowered and tilted to allow easier access to any portion of the painting. Brushes, media, solvents, rags and other supplies are stored at the artist's fingertips. If you've just purchased an artist's easel, you may be eager to get to work. However, when you open the box at home, you also may find that the easel requires assembly. Gather a few small tools and a friend to help hold things in place, and then you can paint your masterpiece.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Small mallet
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench

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  1. 1

    Attach the castors to the base feet with screws. The base feet are the two pieces of wood on which the entire easel will sit. Locking castors with levers should be placed either in the front two positions or the rear, depending on your preference.

  2. 2

    Insert the ends of the base cross members into the slots on the inner sides of the base feet to form the base frame. Secure the cross members with bolts and cams fitted through the side holes in the base pieces.

  3. 3

    Tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench. Turn the base frame over to rest on the castors.

  4. 4

    Insert each of the side uprights into the slots on the top of the base frame. Secure the uprights with bolts and cams fitted through the holes on the base frame and uprights. Tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench.

  5. 5

    Attach the channelled centre column firmly to the back of the materials tray with screws. Screw the ratchet mechanism to the bottom of the materials tray, with the ratchet handle in front. The ratchet mechanism is a small boxlike piece of hardware whose gear engages the ratchet column to hold the canvas at the desired height.

  6. 6

    Assemble the H-shaped frame that will support the canvas by inserting the ends of the upper H-frame cross member into the slots in the side pieces of the H-frame. Secure the parts with bolts and cams.

  7. 7

    Insert the centre ratchet column into the upper H-frame cross member. The ratchet column teeth should face forward.

  8. 8

    Attach the lower H-frame cross member to the ratchet column and the H-frame sides by inserting the ends into the slots. Secure and tighten the parts with bolts and cams.

  9. 9

    Attach the completed H-frame to the base uprights with the ratchet teeth facing forward. Secure the frame with bolts and washers. Install the black plastic knurled knobs on the outer ends of the bolts. When tightened, these knobs hold the canvas at the desired tilt. Screw the adjustable rear brace legs to the back ends of the base frame and the upper ends of the H-frame sides.

  10. 10

    Loosen the black plastic knobs at the side uprights and rear support legs to position the H-frame horizontally. Tighten the knobs to hold the H-frame in place.

  11. 11

    Slide the channelled centre column and materials tray assembly into place. The top of the centre column should fit into the notch in the upper H-frame cross member, and the materials tray should fit into the channels on the inner sides of the H-frame. The ratchet mechanism should engage the teeth on the centre ratchet column. Secure the channelled centre column with a black knob screwed into the back of the upper cross member.

  12. 12

    Slide the upper canvas support clamp down into place through the channels at the centre column's top end. Tighten the support clamp's black plastic knob to fix it in position.

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