I liked it! I liked it a lot! It was big (to handle large canvases), sturdy, and was made for standing. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the fine finishing. Look, when you paint, you make a mess...period. If I had an easel that looked that good, I would freak out when trying to use it. So instead of trying to copy it, I used it as an inspiration.
All I needed was some pallets, a little hardware, some lumber, and my tools. Pallets are easy to find thanks to Craigslist...and cheap! With a little rumination (in an aisle at Lowes) I figured out that all I needed lumber-wise was some cheap, slim boards.
In concept I wanted what I described above but also something I could use...no a display piece. With that in mind, I didn't let "to-the-millimeter" measuring and the aesthetic of the easel be a burden. It's rough and inexact, but tough and sturdy. I love how it came out.
First, I started with the base pallet. Before...
Then I added the vertical support.
After I finished laying down a coat, I was tired and quit for the night. This morning, first thing after some coffee, I checked on my work. Satisfied, I moved it inside and placed it in my creative space.