A H frame folding tabletop easel made by this free woodworking plan has the option to regulate the inclination of the working surface during painting.

The canvas top retainer can be moved along the mast, so this easel could hold canvas of the various dimensions. This easel is suitable for small apartments and studios because it is folding, so it can be folded and put away when not in use. Besides that, while working with it, an easel is on the table, so it takes much less space than conventional easels, whose legs stands directly on the floor. This is the H-frame type of easel, as it has a rectangular silhouette and a solid rectangular base.



H frame folding tabletop easel plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Simple, requires precision
Skill level
for intermediate experienced woodworker
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby – Hand tools, power tools and machines
Applied woodworking joints
Round mortise and tenon joint
Butt joint reinforced with dowels

Base: 580mm (22.83'') x 600mm (23.62);   Height: Adjustable


Just like the Single mast tabletop easel, this easel can be also used as a portable display easel at home, in the office, trade shows or showrooms, and you can use it even as a display stand in the gallery, restaurant, for a catalogue of your products, etc. Geometry of the parts is simple and the joints between them are made with dowels and round tenon and mortise woodworking joints. Easel is being assembled with glue. The parts need to be sanded before applying glue and the edges should be rounded.


Exploded view and parts list
H frame folding tabletop easel - Parts list
Assembly drawing
H frame folding tabletop easel - Assembly drawing


For making the easel parts we recommend using some local wood, that is easy to deal with and has a popular price and for the finish use the paint, wax or lacquer. If you plan to use the easel for painting or drawing, do not spent much of your time to select wood or the finish, because soon it will be stained by different colors. If you plan to use it as a display, then it would be good to select some wood with a beautiful texture, and the finish should highlight the beauty of the wood.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan