Magnetic Easel for AxiDraw - Tabloid/A3
The Tabloid/A3 size Magnetic Easel is a sturdy work-holding tool that provides an alternative method of positioning paper or other workpieces for use with the AxiDraw V3/A3 and AxiDraw SE/A3. A heavy-duty alternative to the regular A3 clip easel, it can be used with binder clips or the (included) positioning rulers, magnets, and magnetic spring clips.
The base of the easel is a heavy-gauge sheet of magnetic steel. It has a powder-coat finish, lightly textured to help hold paper in place and light gray in color for visible contrast against most types of paper. Rubber bumpers on the bottom side (along with the substantial weight of the steel) ensure a no-slip grip on your work table.
To help index your paper in a consistent and reproducible position, the easel includes two six-inch (15 cm) rulers that you can rest your paper up against. The rulers are easy to remove and reversible, with inch and centimeter markings on the two sides. They can also be removed completely if you like, leaving just a flat sheet of steel (with a few ruler-mounting holes in it).
This A3 easel also includes a special set of paper holding clips and magnets: Two special spring clips with magnetic bases, plus six skinny magnets for holding down paper. Extra sets are available as well if you would like to add additional clips and magnets.
The two special spring clips each have two curved tines that apply gentle pressure to your paper. They allow you to slide paper directly in and out, quickly and easily, without touching any magnets, clips, or tape. They have a long reach to be positioned behind the rulers, or elsewhere if you prefer. Magnetic bases allow you to position them where needed. Two of these spring clips provide just enough pressure to keep a sheet of paper steady while you write or draw on it. (Please note that the design of the magnetic bases for the spring clips has changed; you can see pictures of the current version here.)
This set also includes six cylindrical magnets, 4 mm in diameter and 10 mm tall, which are easy to position and firmly hold paper. The tall aspect ratio makes them particularly easy to grasp (unlike disc magnets). Perhaps more importantly, they tend to yield and tip over if hit by an errant pen tip, rather than holding so fast as to damage your pen or move your paper.
Overall dimensions: 18.12 × 12.72" (46.0 × 32.3 cm).
Suitable for use with A3 and US Tabloid/Ledger paper sizes, envelopes, two sheets of Letter or A4 paper, or smaller sizes of paper.
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