• In this video, learn how to build an easel.


    1. Use a jigsaw to cut oak 1x3 lumber into four 4-foot legs, two 24-inch cross braces, and two 14-inch side brackets and brace pieces.
    2. Cut notches in the side brackets, as well as holes for the center dowel that will hold a roll of paper.
    3. Align the hinges between two legs, and drill pilot holes. Attach the hinges with #10 screws.
    4. Attach the cross braces between the two sets of hinged legs.
    5. Screw one end of the side brackets onto the leg with #8 screws. Put a screw in place for the other end to slide over.
    6. Drill pilot holes through the frame of a magnetic dry-erase board and into the legs.
    7. Screw the board to the legs with #10 screws. Repeat on the other side.
    8. Attach plastic trays to the cross braces with #10 screws.
    9. Slide a roll of paper onto the center dowel.

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    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      All the parts are easy to make and fit together, but cutting and drilling hardwoods may slow things down
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        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