Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How to Repair a Damaged Easel - Part 1 of 3 - Sand the Easel Mast and Base

Fig.1 Damaged

By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Extension cords
Porter Cable Random Orbital Sander Corded
Sandpaper  60-grit to 120-grit

This Light-Duty H-Frame Beechwood Art Easel was purchased at a garage sale  with many scratches and paint specks. After it was assembled it was decided to sand all the bad areas that had flaking finish or paint. The sanding process should have been done when the easel was disassemble but when the easel was assemble and under several high intensity work lights, it made it easier to see the damage to the easel. 

This post shows the seven steps on how this H-Frame Beechwood Art Easel was sanded.
Step 1: Fig.1 shows the assembled H-Frame Beechwood Art Easel. Fig.2 shows the sanding box which contains a Porter Cable Random Orbital Sander with many hook and loop sanding discs. With this type of sander it is extremely easy to remove more wood than needed. The job must be done carefully.
Fig.2 Sander kit
Fig.3 Porter Cable 
Random Orbital 
Step 2: Fig.4 and fig.5 shows the type of sanding disk purchased at Home Depot. This package is at 60 grit and remove the damages very fast. Pickup the sander often to check that the wood is not being  removed. Fig.5 shows the holes in the sanding discs, their purpose is to remove the sawdust and not get in the way of the paper. The theory is the more holes the better. Some of these sander pick up the sawdust through these holes and expel it out of the sander.

Fig.4 Six inch wide
Fig.5 Sawdust holes
Step 3: Fig.6 shows the top of the mast that had water mildew. Most of it has been sanded. It will be sanded again before the sealer is applied. Fig.7 shows the rest of the easel mast was sanded from top to bottom and on both sides.

Fig.6 Mast top
Fig.7 Total mast
Step 4: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows the mast has two side forming the H that hold the canvas and both side were sanded.

Fig.8 Left front
Fig.9 Right front
Step 5: Fig.10 and fig.11 shows the front and the back of the base were sanded.
Fig.10 Back of base
Fig.11 Back of Mast and
side of easel base
Step 6: Fig.12 and fig.13 shows the back of the base and the middle bar of the top of the H was sanded. Fig.14 shows the front, back and sides of the latch box that allows the canvas box up and down.

Fig.12 Back of base
Fig.13 Top of H frame
Fig.14 Latch plate 
moves canvas box
Step 7: Fig.15 and fig.17 shows the canvas holder. Fig.16 will only need wax when the sealer has dried. This is a thumbscrew that pushes a plastic onto the mast thus protecting it from the screw.
Fig.15 Canvas Holder
Fig.16 Only was here
Fig.17 Block 
and thumbscrew

How to Repair a Damaged Easel:

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