If it makes you feel any better about using a mallet, I'm in the position of just having received what was a few days ago a gorgeous near-mint Saunders VT2000 easel. It was improperly packed (by UPS) and manhandled in shipping (by UPS)... the outer steel shell of the easel, especially at the corners, took a beating. The front left corner is so badly impacted that it buckled the steel along the bottom front edge. I feel ill just thinking about it. Fortunately, the top frame, blades, and bed are fine (protected by the outer shell!)
Originally Posted by jeroldharter
I'm going to make a claim against UPS for repairs. Far beyond the mallet: It's going to be rather odd going to bodywork shops for an estimate on fixing my easel!