Overview

overview of building an easel
Illustration: Carl Wiens
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The basic construction of this easel is simple: Hinged, square-cut boards make up the legs, while cross braces and side brackets hold it together. All the materials to make it can be found at a home center and a home goods or stationery store. But since the easel is made from a hardwood, parents will need to do the cutting and drilling. Kids can help out by measuring and marking the parts and, if they are comfortable holding a drill, by driving the screws into pilot holes.
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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • hand clamps
      Spring clamps
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with 3/32-inch and ¼-inch, and -inch drill bits and a 1¼-inch hole saw
    • safety glasses
      Safety glasses

    Shopping List

    1. Three 8-foot oak or maple 1x3s

    2. Two 23x23-inch magnetic dry-erase boards

    3. 1-inch dowel, 3 feet long

    4. Two 4-inch strap hinges

    5. ¾-inch #10 wood screws and eight washers6. 1¼-inch #8 wood screws and two washers

    7. Two plastic trays or kitchen drawer organizers

    8. One 2-foot-wide roll of paper