Sunday DIY: Nurture young Picassos

By Greig Morgan

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Is there an aspiring artist at your place? Greig Morgan has just the thing.

DIY painting easel. Photo / Michael Craig
DIY painting easel. Photo / Michael Craig

Youngsters love splashing paint around so budding Picassos should have an easel to create those masterpieces. Think of it as an investment. A small outlay now in materials and time and, in a couple of years, you'll be selling their works for a small fortune to art galleries all over the world.


Step 1 - Measure and mark the 40x20mm pine, using a square. Cut four pieces to length on the waste side of the pencil line (I cut mine 1m long).

Step 2 - Measure and cut your sheet of 1200x600mm MDF in half, giving you two 600x600mm boards, one for both sides.

Step 3 - Place the legs flush at either side of the board and flush at the top. Fix three evenly spaced 25mm screws just below the surface.

Step 4 - Measure and cut the shelf to the same width as your back board.

Step 5 - Fix the shelf from the back, on the same side as the leg fixings, and flush to the bottom of the board.

Again, space the screws evenly.

Step 6 - Position and fix the leaf of the hinges to the top of each leg, with the knuckle sitting proud. Use the appropriate screws.

Step 7 - Pencil mark and drill a 5mm hole in the centre of each leg just below the shelf, for the string to go through. Tie a knot at one end and determine the angle of the legs before tying off the length of string.


Materials
• 40x20mm untreated pine (legs)
• 1200 x600mm x 9mm MDF
• 40mm butt hinges (x2) with screws to suit
• 60mm untreated pine (shelf)
• 120grit sandpaper
• 3mm nylon string
• 25mm screws
• Paint

Tools
• Handsaw
• Screw gun
• 5mm drill bit
• Tape measure & pencil
• Square
• Paint brush

Tip
Sand smooth all sharp edges and paint before assembling.

- Herald on Sunday

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