In about 7 1/2 minutes Michael Hodgkins tells us about the merits of his French box easel. He also discloses some of his inventions which he has added to enhance the usefulness of this easel even further. By the way I can second that having the same model and finding it very versatile indeed. The results can be viewed here.
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Reading the comments I have noticed that Pia is having problems with her easel. Here is my answer.
Pia, There should be three wooden brackets inside the lid of the easel to hold the drawer in place. Maybe the previous owner has removed the brackets. The most important one to hold the drawer for carrying is the one at the top. See photo.