Step 7: Attach the cross braces and brackets

Family attaching the cross braces and brackets to build an easel
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Lay down the two hinged sets of legs about 2 feet apart. Find the vertical midpoint of the legs at 24 inches. Line up one of the cross braces across the face of the legs so that the ends are flush with the outer edges of the legs and the top is at the midpoint mark. Drill one 3/32-inch pilot hole at each end, through the cross brace and into the legs. For the best holding power, the holes should be diagonal. Attach the cross brace with 1¼-inch screws. Repeat with the other cross brace.

Stand the easel up and open the legs wide enough so that the ends of the side brackets are flush with the ends of the cross braces. Mark the legs through the two holes in the bracket (the pilot hole and the slot hole). Using a 3/32-inch bit, drill pilot holes into the legs at these marks.

To attach the side brackets, slip a 1¼-inch screw through the pilot hole, then slide a washer over the shank at the back. Drive this screw into the leg, leaving it loose enough for the bracket to pivot.

Drive another screw directly into the opposite leg; leave about ¾ inch of the screw sticking out. The slot on the bracket should slide over this screw.
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    Tools List

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      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
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    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