Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How to make your own Plein air dry box







This is an easy box to make that will hold six panels. I make mine so they will hold two sizes, 6x8 and 8x10 or 9x12 and 12x16. But you can make them any size you need. The sides are made from door fascia available at Home Depot. You can see the six grooves are already there. The sides and bottom are made from door skin.



Cut the fascia 1/8 to 1/4 larger than the height of your panel, and the sides to fit the box with the panel easily sliding in the grooves. Drill pilot holes for small brads along one side of the box and attach that side. Flip it over and do the same on the opposite side. At this point, I slide two panels in and clamp the other side in place. This way I can make sure the panels will slide with ease. Drill your pilot holes and nail it together. The bottom is cut to size and nailed into place.



At this point you have a dry box. You may choose to make a lid for it, and paint it. Please let me know if you have any questions and how it works for you.



8 comments:

Sue Steiner said...

thank you for sharing this!! Now that the nice weather is here looking forward to some plein air painting!

Karen McLain said...

I hope you have some great painting in the summer. It is so dry here, that my thinner evaps very quickly.

Nancy Hawkins said...

Karen,
Thank yo for your comments on my paintings, so nice of you to take the time. What a great idea you have given us in the dry plein air box!
I have a horse painting I just photographed, two in fact, and I plan to post it soon. I do not do the detail you do. I can tell you love horses by your art. nancy

Karen McLain said...

Thanks Nancy! I do love the horses, I'm glad that shows. Please feel free to pass on the dry box idea to anyone who can use it.

Terri Miller said...

So nice to see someone else who paints horses from life!
BTW, I used to make my own panel carriers, now I buy them from www.champion-artmate.com. They're light and inexpensive, and I always have an extra on hand in case someone wants to buy a painting that's still wet.

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