I'm making a pochade for painting outdoors. A pochade lets you store your art materials in a box that, when opened, reveals an easel and palette area for painting and, when closed, secures paints, brushes and tools so you're ready to go at a moment's notice. It can be held in the lap or mounted on a tripod. These boxes cost quite a lot to buy but you can save a lot of money by making your own from scratch or out of a cigar box. After doing some research online, I decided to make one from a ready made sketchbox thinking it would be easier and sturdier than a cigar box and less of a hassle than building one. My 11 3/4" x 9 3/4" box has storage for long brushes and dividers that will hopefully come in handy.