Murph: I really think you'd have a hard time making a French Easel (that's it's official name). The telescoping legs alone would drive you crazy. Plus, it's gonna get all slobery anyway.

A half-french comes w/ a folding palette to accomoadte the smaller size, but no one I know liked the pallettes anyway. We usally made our own.
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