Mark S. Pannill Construction Projects
The Yard Art Easels
Yard Art Easels were designed to be used in a yard sale or garage sale or rummage sale all terms are synonymous depending on from what part of the country you hail. In this case it are TEXAS therefore it are a “Yard Sale”!
The concept is to provide a better display for art work, paintings, pictures, photographs or hanging tapestries. The idea is of course is amiable marketing, much like in a jewelry store where the best lighting always makes what you purchase appear better than when you get it home. As you know, when buying jewelry for that special someone the luster always diminishes after you leave the store, both on the item bought and the person for whom it was acquired, but that is another story for another day.
These particular easels were fashioned from remaining pieces of house siding which were gathering dust and taking up space. The height of each easel is 5' (60") when opened fully and 4' wide (48"). The legs are simply 2" x 2"s (1-1/2" x 1-1/2") white pine strips which are readily available at “Home Desperate” and “Lowe’s Impairment” or better yet from a real lumberyard in your vicinity.
These are easy to make. You will need six legs cut at 66". One end (for the ground) is square cut and the other end is cut at a 45 degree angle. Then take the leg pieces and place one on top of the other with the angles facing in opposite directions and drill a 3/8" hole in it and place a carriage style bolt in the hole. Between the to legs slip in two washers to give the legs freedom to move and them fasten them together with a lock nut. Do that three times and you ready to assemble an easel.
Now, cut approximately 10 pieces of whatever thin lumber you have kicking around into 48" lengths. Thin materials are lighter and sense you are the one who gets to tote it, you want all of the help you can get. Affix a leg assembly to each end and one leg assembly in the center. Be sure to provide approximately 6" of space between each cross piece of lumber. Do this until you get close to the bottom of the legs. There is no purpose in going all the way from the top to the ground. Then do the same procedure to the other side and when both sides are completed, stand it up, spread it apart and there you have a “Yard Art Easel”
When this project was first built I used 96" legs and saved the 30" tail droppings for any other future project, which turned out, unbeknownst to me at the time, to be the End Tables featured in a previous segment.
The total cost for this project (two easels) which included glue, nails, bolts and an assortment of screws was about $17.50. The cost will vary depending on what you have available to use, but if you have to build from scratch you should not spend over $25.00 per easel, because that will dip into the yard sale profits.
As a final note, although this was not a major project, it did give me something to do and kept “the boss” at a safe distance and inside the house...where she belongs.
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Mark S. Pannill
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Waxahachie, Texas 75168
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