How to Build a Portable Wood Easel


If you are beginning your career as an artist, odds are you don't have a lot of money for supplies. While you will want to spend the money you do have on paint and canvases, you will also need somewhere to actually paint. If you would like to save some money, you can build your own easel. This easel is portable so you can take your vision on the road.

Step 1

Cut a 15-degree angle in the tops of the two pieces of 2-by-3 that are 41 3/16 inches long, using the circular saw. These are the front two legs of the easel.

Step 2

Place the front two legs on either side of the piece of 2-by-3 that is 40 1/2 inches long so that the angles sections of the front legs are touching the center board. The center board is your back leg. Drill a hole as wide as the large carriage bolt where the three boards connect.

Step 3

Place the 8-inch carriage bolt in the hole and screw the nut on to keep them all together.

Step 4

Spread the front legs of the easel until they are approximately 1 foot apart. Place the piece of 2-by-3 that is 24 inches long on the front legs and drill two holes through the 2-by-3 and also through each front leg. Place the 4-inch carriage bolts in these holes and screw them into place with the nuts.

Step 5

The easel should now stand complete. To break it down and make it portable, unscrew all of the bolts and place the boards together so one hole will line up through the 4 boards. Place the longer carriage bolt through this hole and screw it down. Then attach the other carriage bolts to existing holes in the 2-by-3 and screw them together.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of 2-by-3, 41 3/16 inches long
  • Circular saw
  • 1 piece of 2-by-3, 40 1/2 inches long
  • 1 piece of 2-by-3, 24 inches long
  • Drill
  • 8-inch carriage bolt
  • 2 4-inch carriage bolts
  • 3 nuts


  • Making an easel
Keywords: portable art supplies, DIY easel, Wooden Easel

About this Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing for Demand Studios in June 2009.

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