Magnetic Panel for Easel

Sharing my recent effort to ease working conditions. The basic idea was kindly offered by Shay Davis, of Denver, CO who moved back home from San Diego area where he worked for years.

I fashioned a 48 x 48 inch steel panel so that I could easily shift items around to work on them. Also incorporated is a vertical handrest to double as leaning post and to house a Parallel Palette. Shown is a 38 x 30 inch canvas that is a work in progress. It is from photos I took many years ago on Chelsea West Hill, Vermont. In front is my rolling palette cart.

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The sheet metal is 26 gauge galvanized steel and was glued with contact cement to 1/4 inch luan plywood which has stiffeners in back that are attached with hex screws through the face.

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Shown is another WIP that has magnets in the back of the stretchers (offset panel illustrates the ability to move canvases around). Hex screws fastening the panel to the stiffeners behind are evidenced. Inked in grid with Magic Markers is to simplify positioning.

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Sliding handrest and its application. The aluminum angle is 1/8″ x 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ to create the slide and the upright material is 3/4″ red oak and 3/4″ birch ply. Magnets with screws protruding  in upper picture show how they can be secured to the rear of the stretcher bars.

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