Scroll Saw Patterns
SLD400 - Slotted Display Easels for Ornaments and Plaques
OK - so it isn’t the most complicated project in the world! But recently, I had a need for these little easels and I had a heck of a time finding the right one for my project. So I decided to make a pattern for one myself, and then I would be set for any time the need for one arises.
My first attempt in creating this easel was to make one using small brass hinges. While it may work alright for the larger version, I found that on the smaller easels, even the smallest hinges were too big. Gluing them would put them at risk of falling apart, and in addition to that, I was only able to fit one hinge on them, and that wouldn’t do. So I came up with this simple slotted design that works for all sizes and is easy to make from scraps without having to purchase additional hardware.
You can make these of any wood you choose (I used 1/8” Baltic birch plywood) and you can even enlarge the pattern to suit your needs. If you do enlarge it, you may have to adjust the width of the slot to accommodate your material thickness, but just experiment and see what works for you.
The instructions are simple - just apply the pattern, cut and finish as desired, and slide the slots together. I recommend you use 1/8” stock if you use the patterns ‘as is’, but you can certainly adjust as mentioned above for any thickness of wood that you may have on hand.
Easels are a great way to display your scroll sawn plaques, pictures and even ornaments when you don’t have the wall space or a place to hang things. They are great when you have seasonal items to show and you don’t want to put another hole in the wall, only to have a blank spot once the holiday season is over. You can stand them on a mantle, as part of a centerpiece on a dining room table, or even as a vignette on a cocktail table, end table or window sill. Having small stands such as these will expand your ability to display your work nicely. And when the holiday is over, they slide apart and lay flat for easy storage. What could be easier?
I hope you enjoy this little project! I am sure you will find many uses for these easels when displaying your work.