a finish to a door or flat project lying on a sawhorse can literally be a pain.
So to ease the strain on my back and make it less tiring, I built an adjustable
"easel" that holds the workpiece at a comfortable height, as you can see in the
photo at right.
The main parts of the easel are a pair of uprights made from "two-by" material,
see drawing below. These uprights have a couple notches that interlock quickly
with the sawhorse. A rectangular notch in the bottom of each upright fits behind
a stretcher screwed to the legs of the sawhorse, see detail 'b.' And an angled
notch in the back edge determines the slope of the easel.
To keep the uprights from tipping,
I added a pair of long dowels. By gluing and screwing one end of each dowel to
the same upright, you can slide the other one on the dowels to adjust the easel
for projects of different widths.