The Retz Box
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This box is 100% handmade from hardwood maple or 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 4 brushes at a convenient location while you work.
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Dimensions: 7 x 12.5 x 2.5 inches
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Weighs 2 lbs.
Holds paint tubes, small brushes under palette.
Adjustable friction hinges to keep lid open at the desired angle.
Attaches to any tripod with universal mount (1/4-20)
Can sit flat on a table
Holds a small board or canvas from 6×8 in. – 8×15 in. (modifications can be made to paint smaller).
Thick leather handle and brush holster on side
Finger joint corners (very strong)
Finished off with brass hardware.
Brushes not included
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 8.5x12in. 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.
Right side, Left side