Sometimes it’s about the tools, not the painting. I’m clearing out a corner in my guest bedroom to use as a studio, but I do not have a work table or easel. I just want something simple and sturdy…and affordable. After a bit of searching online, I’ve determined that manufactured easels are out of my price range. So in keeping with my “I can make that for less” philosophy, here is my simple plan for an easel using 1×3″ pine lumber. I’ve given myself a $30 budget (a fraction of the cost I found online). If I can pull this off, I may just go into business for myself!