Thursday, March 31, 2011

DIY pochade box

My recent project is a homemade pochade box for plein air painting. It is light and compact. The palette is built in into the box like the open box M. I started from plans of Jim Serrett at pochade box paintings. His plans were easy to follow. Thanks Jim for sharing this. I hope we will meet someday and paint together! Cheers.

I made mine from scraps of 1/4 plywood and 1x4 oak planks I have lying around. I had to cut it into 1/2 x 3/4 inch square dowels. I have one that is 3/4 x 3/4 for the backside of the box where the hinge and tripod support will be attached. I used a piano hinge cut to length, lid support (I could not find the table leg brackets), 1/4 T nut which is standard for the tripod attachments, a bolt and a wingnut and some washers, plexi glass and a bungie cord with hooks.

I took me several nights to put it together with some error or miscalculations. (very typical of me) I worked hard on this box and I now know why the profesionally made ones are so expensive! ($300 and up) In the near future, I might do some modification of the attachment system for panels. I like the bungie system but if the panel is painted, it would be a bit of a mess removing it.


Jeremy said...

That is a fine looking pochade box! I made one similar to yours from Jim Serrett's design also:

Josef Sy said...

Hey Jeremy, Thanks. You have a very nice box too. I like the knob you putted on. Very nice touch! I only have a wing nut on mine. :(
Hey I think if you reverse or adjust the position of your lid suport hardware, you wont have them sticking out on when the lid is in the close position. And I looooove that painting you have on the box! Cheers, Josef

Jeremy said...

Thanks Josef! You know, I never thought of repositioning the lid you have any pics of the side of yours in a closed position? The hardware sticking out is kind of annoying.