Teacher's Easel

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by: the_tow_guy on 07/08/2008 Views 9955

Budget

$125.00

Tools & Materials

  • Hardwood lumberthis one is white ash but my previous one's were red oak
  • 24"x36"dry-erase boardthe one I used is also magnetic
  • 2 hinges
  • 4 barrel bolt latches
  • 2 clipboard clips
  • 2 window screen turn fasteners
  • Lengths of metal rod
  • Dowel rods
  • Small chain
  • Glides for leg bottoms

Summary

This is a project for our son's pre-K teacher. I had built about a dozen of these when our youngest was in elementary school (all the kindergarten, first, & second grade teacher's), but haven't made one in about 10 years. Now the lastest addition to the family is in school. The joints are mortise & tenon and the shelf is mounted using barrel bolt latches on its four corners. Additionally there are holes on the inside edge of the back (side with the horizontal steel rods) that allows the shelf to be stored when the easel is folded. The chains on the sides are safety features to prevent the legs from going flat when the shelf is removed. Previous designs used vinyl-coated wire rack for the shelf. This time I built an all wood rack and also was able to add slide-in storage bins underneath. It will also have hooks for a large flip chart which is what it is mostly intended for. CLICK ON PICTURES FOR A BETTER VIEW; THE THUMBNAILS GIVE IT A SQUASHED APPEARANCE.

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