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Do-It-Yourself Easel

Put the "ease" in easel by building this simple project. You can use it to display family portraits or hold a canvas for artists in your household.

Easel holding dry-erase game board

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Table saw or circular saw
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • 1/8" and 3/8" bits
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver


  • 3 1" x 2" x 6' aspen boards (#17907)
  • 2 round traditional taper table legs (#842)
  • 1/2" x 2" x 4' poplar board (#1327)
  • 2 5/8" brass cup hooks (#58434)
  • 6 wood insert nuts (#137391)
  • 1-1/2" butt/mortise hinge (#308964)
  • #3 Inco poly white chain, 2' (#33457)*
  • #8 x 1" flathead wood screws
  • 4d finishing nail
  • 8d finishing nail
  • Semigloss paint, 1 quart, Swiss Coffee (#7002-16)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

*Or have a Lowe’s associate cut chain to length in the store.

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Project Resources


Step 1

On the two front legs, measure and drill 3/8" holes where shown (Easel Project Diagram) for the insert nuts. (You can vary the spacing as needed, but make certain the distances are identical for both legs.)

Good to Know

Wrap the bit with tape to drill only deep enough to sink the insert nuts flush with the wood surface.

Step 2

On the right leg only, measure 4" down from the top end along the inside edge and draw a diagonal line from that mark to the opposite side on the end (as shown). Cut the corner off at the line and test-fit it to the side of the other leg at the top. With the legs upside down on a flat surface, glue and nail the two front legs together and let dry.

Step 3

Cut the cross-brace to length and drill 1/8" pilot holes at the ends. Find where the upper corners of the cross-brace meet the edges of the leg at equal distances from the bottom ends. Then glue and screw the cross-brace to the legs and let dry.

Step 4

Sand all three legs and the cross-brace with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe clean and apply two coats of paint. Tape the metal portions of the two legs and paint the wood sections on both.

Step 5

At the top end where the front legs meet, drill pilot holes for the hinge screws. Repeat for the top of the back leg and screw the hinge to the front and back legs.

Step 6

cup hooks

Add the six insert nuts and two cup hooks where shown. Cut the chain to length (or have this done in the store by a Lowe's associate) and loop the end links through the cup hooks. Use pliers to close the cup hooks and hold the chain in place. Then screw the table legs into one pair of insert nuts to complete the easel.