Monday, September 07, 2009

How to Build a Pochade Box For Plein Air Painting II

Following numerous requests from readers, I have put together a detailed plan for building a beautiful pochade box. The plan will guide you to build a 15.5”x12.5”x2.5” pochade and an accompanying wet panel carrier – The pochade can carry a single 11”x14” wet panel.

I plan to add dividers shortly, to allow you to carry several size panels and not be limited to 11”x14” size. The dividers will be for the pochade and the wet panel carriers and will allow you to carry 5”x7”, 6”x8” and 8”x10” panels. If there is a need for 9”x11” dividers or any other size, I can make that as well. Please let me know. I can also scale the size down if there is a desire. I just need to hear your feedback.

What is really nice about this plan is that it utilizes off-the-shelf items from your hardware store and the minimum of tools to build. You do not need to be good at carpentry to finish this versatile and professional looking pochade.

The main reason that I built mine and why I am making the plans available is that I am a heavy user of my pochade. I can’t think of spending over $500 on one and use and abuse it as I do. I want one that is rugged and slick at the same time; one that can withstand my abuse without looking like a tank.

I have been building and planning pochades for over 7 years now. They have become successively more versatile and easier to build. This one is the best. I hope you will agree.

To order your plans ($2.99) please click here

Since I posted my video on how to make a cigar box into a painting box for plein air painting, I have had many people email me to ask about the pochade that I featured at the end of the video. I finally took some time this weekend and taped this video about building a full fledged pochade box. It was easier for me to tape and edit this video than to build detailed plans and post them on the Internet. I hope that once you see this video you will be able to build your own pochade box. They are not hard to build really. What took the most time for me was working through the problems and finding ways around them. With this video, you should have very few problems left to work around.

See previous video installment on this topic here:


  1. I have looked at your Pochade Boxes several times before when I was planning my own.
    But this latest video, really shows the genius and simplicity of your designs.
    Great looking kits, thanks so much for sharing your info and your inspiring site.

  2. Thanks Jim. How did yours turn out?

  3. Thanks for the How to Build a Pochade Box!!! My set up is so simple but too simple!! Thanks for the video info. I may use your idea into my set up. THANKS MUCH!!!
    Jim Smith

  4. Zan,

    This is great - very useful. I would love to share the video with my students who might be inspired to create their own. Thank you for the time you put into creating the video.

  5. Marie Regan1:25 pm

    This is really helpful, Fawzan. Thanks for putting it together. But I would like to know the brand of your palette and where you got it. I haven't seen anything like it.

    Thank you!

  6. The palette is called Mijello Artelier Peel-off Palette. I can't post a link here but if you google you will find it. $19.95 Cdn.

  7. Marie Regan8:42 pm

    Found it -- thank you so much -- I get so tired of having to throw away congealed paint because I haven't been able to paint for a week or so. . .

  8. Good now remember if you are working with acrylics, mix 2 parts paint with 1 part extender and 1 part heavy jell. You will get excellent body that will stay wet in this palette for a long time. I also used to spray the inside from time to time.


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