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Michael Georges 10-23-2002 07:56 PM

Model Stands
Model stands are quite useful in putting your model or subject up and slightly closer to your eye level - especially for a seated or prone portrait or figure work.

Show us your model stand.

What did you make it from?
What are its dimensions?
How high off the floor is it?
How have you used it in the past?

Michael Fournier 10-26-2002 09:58 PM

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Here is my model stand. It is 3.5 feet x 4 feet, and 19" high.

The top is just 3/4 plywood sub-flooring. In this photo it does not have the carpet on it yet. There is a sturdy frame underneath on casters. The finish wood is mortise and tenon and raised panel construction. One of the panels opens on full extension draw slides for storage space. The wood is unfinished in this photo. It is made from poplar since at the time I made it I did not have a big enough supply of cherry on hand for the large panels. I constructed this myself since I wanted a model stand that would be a piece of cabinetry equal to the raised paneling throughout my home/Studio.

Oh I will accept orders if anyone might want one like it. I am a pretty good cabinet maker as well. Remember that thread about woodworking and painters? :)

This was photographed in my temporary studio space. The room is very small only 9.5x13 feet, with only a 7.5 foot ceiling.

I am building an addition on my home for a new studio that will be 20x18 feet with 14 foot cathedral ceilings. With a palladium window at the north end of the studio 4 feet off the floor with the fan top of the window going right up to within 3 inches of the ceiling.

The design of this new space is very much like NC Wyeth's Chadds Ford Studio before the addition. Not quite as big as his.

Now this addition is still not complete (foundation was put in a month ago.) But I will post photos in the studio section as it progresses.

William Whitaker 10-27-2002 11:27 PM

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That is one fine looking model stand. Also, great news about your new studio plans. Many of us have to go to considerable trouble and make real sacrifices to get the studio we need.

And to think that a lot of outsiders think we lead a pretty easy life!

Well some of us do, for sure. My model stand is 5x6' and 18 inches high. I have two thicknesses of carpet on the top. It is overbuilt and weights much too much. It's a great place for a nap!


Chris Saper 10-27-2002 11:44 PM

I unfortunataely don't have room for a model stand. But if I ever do, I have thought about building in a flat file in the base, as I have lots of need for paper and board storage, (more on alternatives later) and flat files on their own consume huge amounts of space.

Michele Rushworth 11-09-2002 12:26 AM

Now I know what to do to solve two problems: a place to put my flat file which is now taking up too much room in the garage, and how to build a model stand. A hunk of plywood covered in carpet ought to solve both my problems. Thanks, everyone!

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