This is my first taboret. I am an extremely neat painter, and the paint is either on the palette or on the canvas! (Years ago, my sons and I enjoyed watching and listening to Bob Ross on Saturday morning. They frequently commented on how messy he painted compared to me, especially when he stopped to flick his brush against the side of his easel to clean it off!)

The flat brush holder shown is made out of some scrap wood. The channels were cut using a router. It is handy for keeping my brushes from rolling off the top. My palette at this time was a 12″ by 16″, 1/8″-thick, tempered piece of glass with plastic feet.

Although I use a lint-free cloth in some cases to clean a brush or canvas surface, usually I use a piece of inexpensive paper towel for cleaning my brushes between colors.

I occasionally refer to the color wheel but more frequently refer to my two-sheet list of handy color combinations. Also, the opacity and transparency of various paints are indicated on this list.

Since I could not locate a reasonably priced taboret with properties to fit my style of painting, I decided to build the one shown. A chopsaw was used for making the major cuts, a hole saw for the openings for the brush cups and stainless steel waste container (which is emptied at the end of every painting session), and a drill for the bolt holes. Bolts and nuts were used nearly everywhere so that most of the taboret can be easily taken apart. The back was attached to the body with wood screws. The back is necessary to keep the structure square. Screws were also used to attach the top extension, which holds the brushes and waste container. (This extension must be sufficiently thick otherwise it will sag with time.)

The height of the taboret is 37″, its depth is 16″, and its width where the shelves are located is 17 1/2″. The overall length of the top is 37″.

Although I do not have any problem with this taboret tipping over when filled, weight can be added on the lowest shelf to help reduce its center of mass.