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    Making a 20x24 4-blade easel...

    I have always held the contention that when making something, you should get raw materials that are as close to the intended size and shape as you can. This makes fabrication and construction easier. In this case I found a collection of parts that were already in the rough shape of a 4-blade easel:
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    More pictures of the 'raw materials':




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    A few more pictures showing gummed up rollers and a very bent stay-arm:


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    You may be thinking that looks like a complete easel, but the point is that I read so many threads about people wanting to build this-that-or-the-other-thing from scratch, when some repairs and minor fabrication to junk equipment of the type wanted can be much easier than scratch-building. Especially with respect to view cameras, tripods and enlargers.

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    So, I disassembled the easel for a complete overhaul and rebuild.

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    The metal tabs on the edges of the board that keep the frame up off the baseboard were missing, causing the blades to rest directly on the baseboard. I fabricated a new one from a bracket. The pictures show the one original in silver and the one I made in black:



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    The bottom of the easel is particle board covered with a vinyl/aluminum cover. This was coming loose at the corners. I tried gluing it but that did not hold. I used some flat-head screws to hold it down:


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    The rollers were soaked in Naptha, then painted and re-greased with white grease. The blades were cleaned, sanded and re-painted. My local hardware store still carries SAE hardware and all the rusty screws, bolts and washers were replaced:


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    Here it is after all the work.



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    Great job! Not just easier than starting from scratch, but cheaper. You can usuallly get the raw materials for free or super cheap. You are on the same bent as me, I love to refurbish the salvable..
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