I just finished a fun little project. For our camp at Lakes of Fire this year, I cut some slate so we could use it as a chalkboard. After getting home, I propped up the chalkboard against a wall and decided that I really liked seeing it there. So I decided to make an easel to support it for display.
It’s made from maple, stained with a dark walnut color. The three legs are held together at the top with a 1/4″ steel shaft. The item being displayed is held up by a pair of shaker pegs. I drilled several holes along the front legs, so the pegs could be positioned at various heights. I tapped the pegs so that I could fix some threaded rods into them, and added some nice thumbscrews so they could be tightened against the legs. This worked quite well — the pegs are quite rigid when the thumbscrews are tightened and can support quite a bit of weight. At least for now, I decorated it a bit by wrapping some colored aluminum wire around the cross-bracing board near the bottom.
And that’s it! I now have the chalkboard on display at home and it’s fairly portable so I can use the easel and chalkboard for upcoming Gothee House events too!