Monday, October 12, 2009

Building a Pochade Box

bottom of box with t-nut inset for tripod attachment

hinge detail

This is a pochade painting box I started building two years ago, and just recently finished after reading and viewing Jim Serrett's blog. His blog gives detailed directions with great photos of how to build the pochade box and panel carrier. I also constructed a carrier which looks pretty much like his so I did not photograph mine. I have a small $100.00 table saw that I use but one can go to a real lumber yard if possible and pay to have the major pieces cut if you do not have a table saw. Since I made my box over a period of time, I do not know how much time it took and I did not keep track of the cost. I enjoyed making it and Jim's cost seems fairly accurate. (Scavenged materials probably helped keep the cost of mine down.) Thank you Jim for your great directions.

I put my hinge together about two years ago from brass pieces I found after looking at a lot of photos of ready-made pochade boxes. . It actually seems to hold if I make sure to tighten it well. I will probably use a small bungee sometimes to hold a painting instead of the two wood pieces in the photo. If I paint a small 4 x 6" painting I cannot use the bungee, as it is too big to hold the panel tight. I then have to use the two pieces of 1/4" thich wood pieces that slide up tight to the 4 x 6 painting. I am gradually fine tuning the box.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Judy.
    The box looks great, and I hope it is the source of many great works.

    I originally was going to do some sliding wood clips similar to yours, but ended up experimenting with the bungees and really liked the simplicity of them.

    A couple suggestions to get those to work better for you, I am using little backpack/utility bungees, that are ten inches long. They work great for 8"x10"s and 9"x12"s.
    But smaller than that you need to shorten their length.

    You can slide the metal hook up the length of the cord and expose a small wire clip that holds the end of the bungee cord. Pull that off, cut the cord to the length you want, fold the end over and pinch the wire clip back on. Slide the wire clip back to the end and you have a bungee that works great for those smaller panels.

    Another simpler answer is to just put a couple of overhand knots in the middle of the cord, shortening it that way. Plus you only need to carry one cord in your backpack.

    Hope that helps with some of your fine tuning, thanks for linking me.