By following this free woodworking plan you can make a simple but very functional easel that has a triangular base and stands firmly on the working surface.

This tabletop easel is designed for the work at home or in the studio in a sitting position, since it is projected to be put on the table. It occupies very little space, so it is ideal for the apartments, schools or small studios. Since it is small and compact, it can easily be transported from one place to another. An easel made by this plan is adjustable easel that will accommodate a variety of different sized canvases.  The maximum height of the painting which you can place and fix with the Canvas top retainer (Part 8 - Delimiter) is 650mm.


Single mast tabletop easel plan
Project type
Project difficulty
Simple, requires experience
Skill level
for advanced beginners
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby – Hand tools, power tools and machines
Applied woodworking joints
Butt joint reinforced with fasteners

The finished easel will have the following dimensions: Height 800mm (31.5in), Width 550mm (21.65in) and Length 398.7mm (15.7in)


This easel can be used as a portable display easel at home, in the office, trade shows or showrooms,  or it can be used as a display stand for menu in a restaurant, catalog of products, etc.


Exploded view and parts list
Single mast tabletop easel - Parts list
Assembly drawing
Single mast tabletop easel - Assembly drawing

The construction is very simple and all the parts can be made in the workshop with basic equipment. All connections between the parts are made with wood screws.

Because of its relatively small dimensions you can make this tabletop easel out of almost any type of wood. Select some wood that is easy to work with and can be found easily. Since the wood will eventually be painted with colors, you might want to buy some cheap wood. Just make sure the pieces of wood don't have any flaws or knotholes on them. The dimensions of the plan are not critical, so you can perfectly fit them to your personal needs.

Before applying the finish, make an effort to sand all the parts and process them, so that they have rounded edges. You can coat the easel at the end with some kind of light paint, lacquer or wax.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan