I find myself in need of a portable way to stand and sketch... noticed some painters using a tripod with paint box attached and decided to see what I could do. A visit to husband's scrap lumber bin and after a few fumbles trying it this way and that... voila! A very adjustable sketch stand that goes together quickly and folds compactly. And is actually pretty steady.
The board is clamped to the thingy that's meant to hold a camera, and I glued a strip of wood underneath to give the support post a stopping point... and added a clamped strip to keep pencils from rolling down. I will be on the lookout for a slightly larger board but for now this one is fine.
I have it adjusted so the board is slanted and is about arms length as I stand... the way I prefer to draw, using my whole arm. But it could be lowered to be used with a chair or stool, or the board could be level if I wanted to put a paint box on it. I'm so proud of myself ;)