The Retz Box Mini


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This box is 100% handmade from hardwood oak (it’s not a cigar box). It comes with a neutral grey plexiglass palette and sliding panel holders. It also comes with a leather brush holster mounted on the side. It holds 2 brushes at a convenient location while you work.

Over 490 sold worldwide!

Exterior dimensions: 7.5 x 7.75 x 2.25 in.

Interior dimensions under palette: 6.38 x 6.38 x 1 in.


Weighs 1.3 lbs.

Holds paint tubes, small brushes under palette.

Adjustable tension hinges to keep lid open at the desired angle up to about 180°.

Attaches to any tripod with universal mount (1/4-20)

Can sit flat on a table

Holds a small board or canvas from 5in. high and any width to 8.5in. high and any width.

With the Long Sliding Panel Holders it can hold a board up to 12in. tall and any width.

Thick leather brush holster on side holds two brushes.

Finger joint corners (very strong)

Finished off with brass hardware.

I built this box for the traveling painter. I have struggled to find a painting box that isn’t bulky with unnecessary moving parts, while at the same time being a reasonable price. This little box solves these issues. It is lightweight but rigid. It is perfect for throwing in your suitcase or backpack before going on a hike or trip. I wanted it to stand on its own as a piece of art, but also be highly functional and simple. This is the set-up you bring with you when just can’t seem to take your big heavy easel or bulky pochade box. I believe this will help stop painters from coming up with excuses why they can’t paint in a certain location or time of day.


Q: How do I paint on paper? A: Tape a piece of your favorite paper to a board that the panel holders can hold stable. I like to use a 8x10in. sheet of Gator-foam.

Q: How do I tighten/loosen the tension of the hinges? A: With a phillips head screwdriver tighten or loosen the black screw on the bottom half of the hinge. Do not touch the brass screws.

Q: How do I adjust the friction on the panel holders? A: With a pair of pliers bend the end of the brass strip so it slides in and out of the wooden piece to your liking. You may need to try a few times before it is at the level of friction that works for you.

Q: What Tripod do you recommend? A: I recommend the Manfrotto Element MII or Manfrotto Befree Advanced. The MeFoto backpacker is also a nice compact option.