A wooden easel always comes in handy in our carpentry shop. Even if we have a workbench or a work table. I was thinking of making some simple wooden easels, but finally I think it is a carpentry project that I will leave for another time. So I decided to reinforce some that I have in the workshop and that I never use.
And they are some of those height adjustable trestles that come in handy to make a table or desk for a room or for a family meal in the garden, but they are not stable enough to work with them comfortably in our workshop. carpentry.
So the first thing I'm going to do is remove the top of the wooden easel, that moving part that goes up and down to regulate the height, and instead I want to screw in a pine board. This pine board protrudes about 10cm from each end of the easel and about 3,5cm from the sides. So, I drill a few guide holes making sure they fit into the horizontal rails of the trestle, countersink the holes, and insert the wood screws. Thus, when countersinking the holes I get the screw heads to be below the wooden surface.
The next thing is to screw some wooden slats on the bottom of the easel. I hold them in place with sergeants and screw them in with wood screws. This time I have no need to drill guide holes, since the wood is soft and the screws fit easily.
I also decided to insert some screws from the bottom of the wooden easel. I don't think it's necessary, but they always help.
Now I want to put some reinforcements diagonally. So, I take the board that went up and down on the original easel, and I'm going to cut it in two with the saw jigsaw. So I have two perfect straps to screw on the sides of the wooden easel. I hold them in place with carpenter's sergeants, and drive a wood screw into each end of the two braces.
In this way I get a very rigid and stable wooden trestle that supports very well the efforts along. And just by putting a foot on top of the slats that I put on the bottom, it also supports 90-degree stresses very well.
All this together with a greater surface at the top, now I have a wooden easel that will be very useful for cutting wood with the circular saw, with the jigsaw, with the handsaw or for other carpentry tasks.
Well, I just need to paint the wooden easel to make it look a bit pretty. And I also painted some red lines on top of the screw heads as a wake-up call when cutting. So I will be careful not to pass the teeth of the saws over the screws when I have to cut wood.