Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hobby Lobby Easel With NO Instructions





Those who really know me are aware of my mechanical abilities (they suck). I feel comfortable inside your computer, but "some assembly required" scares the bejeebers out of me. At any rate, I've been looking for a simple easel and found one at Hobby Lobby. It also said, "assembly required", but really, how tough could an easel be?

We got the easel home, opened the package and looked for directions. Directions? Where are the directions? Perhaps they're printed on the back of the label? No - there are NO directions. So, if anybody else buys this product and discovers there are no directions, here are a few hints...

#1 - lay the legs on the floor. Each leg consists of 2 parts. The with the "cap" on it is the bottom. Place the parts so that the round part is facing toward you and and the "little shelf" it makes is also in front. Do this 3 times... (3 legs).



Assembly the legs and then using a longer screw hook them together as illustrated in the above photo.

What comes next took a while and I had to call upon an engineer's daughter (my wife) to assist in figuring this out. She also excels at putting together puzzels where puzzles give me a headache. At any rate, we had 2 pieces of wood left - each with a hole in the middle. We tried to line up those holes every which way with no success and then - we (she) discovered that the two pieces that form the shelf are placed on the outside of the legs and the other one behind the legs. Then you use the long bolt "thingy" (technical term) with the loop at the end to connect the two pieces together and you then clip the chain to the loop as seen in the next 2 illustrations.





And, now a finished easel. I almost want to go out and buy another one just so I can put it together with ease...







57 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mine came partially assembled, the wing nuts go in the front for easy access to adjust the position.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! I just bought this same easel, and I was VERY frustrated when I couldn't figure out how to put it together. I would never have figured it out without your blog. Thanks again!!

Lina B said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this!! I was JUST about to return it to the store!! I spent an hour trying to put it together by myself and then 5 minutes (literally) with the help of your blog! May God bless you:)

Anonymous said...

Easy, but not that easy! It still took me forever and the top doesn't look just like yours, but I got it! Thank you for having this here for us.

Jared Scribbles said...

I also got the same easel. I was able to put it together thanks to you but I dd the first step just a tad different. :3 Thanks a bunch!

Emily Sutton said...

Im am so glad i found this. i have spent all morning trying to figure my easel out. i have the same one you do. thank you soo much!

Robert Hill said...

I have been glad to help - they're a pain to assemble with no directions!! (Not all they easy with either!)

Stephanie Fabulous said...

LOL! I just bought the same easel and was incredibly frustrated. I felt certain the manufacturers had screwed up and that there was no way this thing would go together right. Behind AND in front of the legs! That's the secret! Thank you so much for taking the time to post this!

Stephanie Fabulous said...

Also, I want to include the model number of the easel, A13144, so other people can find your blog!
Hobby Lobby Fine Art Easel A13144.

Ruth said...

Thank you! I am so glad you had these instructions posted with pictures!!! I just bought 5 of these easels and spent the last 45 minutes screwing and unscrewing because I just couldn't figure this out!!! Now I'm just hoping it can fold easily? Should I be so lucky?

Tammy said...

Thank you SO much! After opening the package and finding no directions, I automatically went into panic mode! I went to Hobby Lobby's web site, which is a very sad excuse for a web site. Nothing..nada. I said to myself "what are the odds Goggle can find me directions?" Your blog came right up and within 5 minutes I now have an easel! Thanks SO much! You are the "hero of the day!"

Hammersong said...

Huzzar!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much! I too searched the little bag for the directions and became annoyed when I found none. I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this , I got this cheap easel of another brand for like 12 dollars but the directions it came with where awful and if you looked closely didn't even show the same pieces the easel came with, I used your directions to improvise , even using craft wire to create a loop where i needed one (the brand had some wierd loop you must have needed a power tool to use or something), the pictures you took helped me so much to figure out what it was supposed to look like I was totally confused when i started XD

dj ToRMeNTeD said...

THANK YOU! You have officially saved Christmas! Or, at the very least you saved my head from blowing and up and this thing becoming firewood :D Amazing what a google search for "hobby lobby easel" will bring up :D Thanks again to you and your daughter!

only4u2c said...

Thanks so much friend!!!

Cherokee Barbie said...

greatly appreciated! just put mines together! i was all the way up to putting the canvas holder and chain on. I was like, "wait a minute! I am pretty handy & crafty w/o instructions". lol. Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help! If it wasn't for your instructions I'd be late to work tomorrow! :-P

Anonymous said...

You're the BEST! My husband was NOT happy with no instructions! You're just AWESOME!

Chadd said...

Thank you sooooo much! Why someone would not put instructions with this thing I will never know! And I thought the Rubik's Cube was hard! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!!! You saved me a trip to the store and lots of frustration. Tell your wife she's a genius and to keep on puzzling. I'm so glad I checked the amazing internet before getting angry.

Sally said...

you just saved my life! I have to use this for an art show tomorrow and couldn't figure out how to set it up!

Carol said...

Thank God for you and the internet! Blessings!

Carol said...

Thank God for you and the internet! Blessings!

Diana said...

Thank you sooo much...would have never figured it out!

Jacque Anderson said...

Thank you sooo much for putting your instructions online. I am putting together several of these easels to use at a funeral tomorrow for my daughter's best friend of 12 years. She was taken suddenly at the age of 19. So you can imagine how frustrated I was to see no instructions and the desperate need to get these put together for the family. God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much I put it together in 5 minutes thanks to your instructions. I was about to go back to Hobby Lobby thank God for Google!!!

k.kay said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial. You were a great help!

Kathy said...

Shew~thanks - we struggled too! Just reading the #1 hint - he had it!!!!!

Dina said...

YOU ARE MY LIFESAVER!!! My husband almost got his drill out and wanted to 'fix' what he thought was a mistake on the manufacturers part:-) wheeewwww!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the hints. I got everything but the last part. You're a lifesaver!

Anonymous said...

Your instructions saved my day. I am using one of these very easels for a display of pictures at the 50th Wedding Anniversary Party for my parents. I spent 45 minutes desperately trying to get all the pieces together without instructions and was becoming very frustrated. When I saw your pic, I instantly knew what I was doing wrong. Thank you so very much.

Anonymous said...

OMG! A MILLION THANKS! At first we were in disbelief that we had no instructions. You SAVED my marriage with your instructions. My husband and I really SHOULD NOT assemble things together - EVER!

Anonymous said...

Hahahahahaha...i read your article to my husband and it was just like what we said!! Thanks for the instruction and the laugh!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much. It is
Christmas morn and my husband was trying to put together the exact easel from Hobby Lobby. I took a chance online and found your blog. Now we have a white Christmas and an easel to help with our Pictionary game playing tonight!!!

BrilliantM said...

Thank you so much for this post! I bought an easel with zero instructions and was able to put it together in ten minutes (or less)!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, mate, you're the best. I dumped out the bag, looked at the pieces, and said, you have got to be f- kidding me!!!

Anonymous said...

Totally had no clue about the short bar that goes behind the front. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

OMG thank you so much! i have no idea why it didnt come with directions and its not some SUPER simple construction piece either. You are a lifesaver thanks!

Anonymous said...

I know you've heard this a lot, but THANK YOU! My husband went out and bought that same easel! Got home and no instructions! We tried putting it together ourselves too, but we have no engineers here at our household. He asked me to look at the display model whenever I went back to Michaels and see how they did it. I went back, but they didn't have it on display anymore. Went home and told him that he'll have to "google" it. He grumble and said that I probably missed the display and did not "google" it. Well, I'm going to put it together now and can't wait to see his reaction when he sees that it's done. Again THANK YOU!

Anonymous said...

Mine was DEFECTIVE. I thought for sure I could figure out how to put it together by myself... searched the internet and everything. The hole for the back leg was by the rubber bottom so no wonder I had issues. This is even harder to figure out when its not physically possible.

sunshinemom444 said...

You are THE BEST EVER!!! Thank you for that.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooooo much! My 10yr old daughter got this easel for her birthday. I struggled for an hour before finding your post! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

hey thanks for the instuctions when i got it there were none and i hurt my hands and fingers alot but i couldnt have done it without it... thans alot

Anonymous said...

thanks alot for these instrusctions i got really mad when it wouldnt go together thank u sooooo much

intha said...

thanks for instructions that my mind could read and understand!

Anonymous said...

OMG...thank you so much for this post. I couldn't figure out the part where the canvas sits on!!

RobbinsNestBooks said...

THANK YOU! I actually needed this for a book signing advertisement for the front of my bookstore and just staired at the parts(no instructions)over the course of a couple of days not knowing even where to begin. You are truly a life saver!!

Anonymous said...

I knew someone else would have this same issue but I couldn't find a website with demonstration. Thank you. I have two of these and was about to give up.

Megs Colleen said...

Thanks!! I have been trying to figure this easel out and your photos helped so much!!

Thanks and Happy New Year!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO much!!! I was absolutely sure I could figure this out myself, and totally failed until I relied on the ever-faithful Google to find this post. Much appreciated!

Tiffany Lawson said...

Thanks so much for helping out with this mess. I had no idea what I was going to do. I normally don't read instructions past the contents of the box, to make sure everything is there. Then it is pictures all the way. In this case you can see anything to make out what screw goes where. So thanks again, you and your awsome wife. (women rule)

Tiffany Lawson said...

Thanks so much for helping out with this mess. I had no idea what I was going to do. I normally don't read instructions past the contents of the box, to make sure everything is there. Then it is pictures all the way. In this case you can see anything to make out what screw goes where. So thanks again, you and your awsome wife. (women rule)

Anonymous said...

thank you so much! i was getting so frustrated and sure that i would have to return it or call it a loss. thank you so much for taking the time to post this. i appreciate it!

Our Life at 31-derful! said...

Thanks so much! I could have never figured this out without your post!

Adrianne Eason said...

Thank you so much for helping me.

Anonymous said...

It looks like the easel in the pictures wasn't assembled properly. The top of two of the legs are angled at the top. When you're screwing the three legs together at the top, the angled edges should face each other with the third leg between them. That way, the two legs with the angled edges fit flush against the middle leg.