By this plan you can make a tripod easel that can serve nicely to both professional and amateur painters.

The easel is an upright support which is usually used to put or attach things on it. Most often it`s used to hold up a canvas of painters. The two of the most common easel types are the simplest Tripod easels relying on three legs joined at the top, and the H-frame easels with the parallel posts and rectangular base. Our Folding tripod easel plan is made according to the model that is 50 years old and proved to be very practical, so the painters are quite satisfied with it.

The easel folds completely and you can assemble and disassemble it easily, so it is ideal for outdoor painting or to carry it on the exhibitions and fairs. It is a perfect choice for pastel and watercolor artists who work on location. This easel supports medium sized canvases. When you assemble it, bound it with the leather straps. The easel is fully adjustable so you can adjust the angle for painting (by moving the back legs and sliding the slider leg parts) and by moving the upper and lower parts of the slider and sliding the slider leg parts you can adjust the height on which you wish to paint and fix the painting.


Folding tripod easel plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Skill level
for intermediate experienced woodworker
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby – Hand tools, power tools and machines
Applied woodworking joints
Dado joint
Butt joint reinforced with dowels

Height adjustable


The tripod easels have a very light construction weight, so they are not stable as H-frame easels, but their huge advantage is their mobility. When you set up this easel, you can easily rotate it, move it or adjust the angle of the painting. This easel is designed for the work in a sitting position. To make this easel more stable, use the wood with a higher specific weight. Since it is folding, it is suitable for some small studios and apartments, and especially for the outdoor painting. It looks very nice, so it is suitable to use it as a display easel. The construction and parts are simple and it is easy to raise or lower dimensions of the construction. The construction is very simple and all the parts can be made in the workshop with the basic tools.


Exploded view and parts list
Folding tripod easel - Parts list
Assembly drawing
Folding tripod easel - Assembly drawing

You do not have to be afraid of splitting the legs when setting the easel, because when you tighten the bolts (Part 5 – main assembly), the easel becomes sufficiently firm. Connections between the parts are made with the bolts and wing nuts.

For making the parts, use some local wood that can be easily processed, and for the finish use the paint, wax or lacquer. The easel that will be used for painting will be quickly spotted with many colors, so the beauty of wood and the finish will not play a big role and therefore you do not have to spend too much money or time on that. If you plan to use it as a display easel, then the appearance will have an important role, because it will also affect the look of the exposed workpiece, so for this purpose we recommend some kind of wood with a nice texture and the finish that will highlight the beauty of the wood. Before applying the finish, carefully sand all the parts and process the edges to become rounded.

If you plan to use this easel outdoors, use the galvanized fasteners.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan