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Mabef Pochade Box M105

The Mabef Pochade Box M105 is a traditional design wooden pochade box with a sliding tray and storage box underneath for painting materials.

The Mabef Pochade Box design is a fairly traditional one and designed to be completely self contained.  Features include:

  • Sliding palette with 5 holes for holding brushes
  • A panel carrier that can hold up to 4 painting supports
  • 3 compartments for storage paints, brushes, etc.
  • Supplied with a threaded fitting for photographic tripod

The pochade box will attach to any standard tripod or the wooden tripod that Mabef makes just for these boxes.

Company name: Mabef


Pochade box name: Mabef Pochade Box M/105

Type: Pochade Box

Box size: 40.5 x 12.5 x 31 cm when closed

Price range: $200-$350

Weight:  7 lbs – 3.2 kg

Palette size: 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in, (24cm x 30cm)

Construction: Wood

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 1 rating)



This hinged wooden pochade box has a carry handle, a palette, two brass latches and a pair of wing nut clips that hold a canvas panel in the lid.

The lid is the panel carrier and easel, and the base has a palette that slides out with storage underneath storing small paint tubes, brushes, and palette knives. The lid closes with two latches with a sturdy leather carrying handle fixed to the base. It has a standard 1/4″ camera tripod bush underneath, fixed inside a fairly large additional layer of reinforcing wood glued to the base.

You open the lid to until it’s in a horizontal position, then you raise easel from within the lid to the desired angle using the struts. Once it is in position you can keep it in place using the brass nuts. 

The panel carrier has two slots, both 6mm wide. It can hold two thin painting supports back-to-back, or one thicker painting support per slot. If you use metric sized painting supports it fits 24cm x 30cm panels, but imperial sized 12×10″ panels may be slightly too large.  

The easel has two little metal clamps that run in the slots which you hold in place using wing nuts screwed onto short coach bolts. The clamps hold the painting support sides in place, however there is no support for the bottom edge of the canvas. You can insert the painting support in either landscape or portrait mode. The two small clamps hold the panel in place so that almost all of the panel edge is accessible for painting. 


The Mabef box is made in Italy and is constructed of linseed oiled, stain-resistant beech wood.


How to set it up

See also

Mabef pochade boxes: M100, M101, M102, M103


To compare with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.


Mabef pochade box review

I have this pochade box with the legs the tripod. Although its heavy to carry ( maybe ten pounds) its a workhorse—- it holds everything, it wont blow over in any wind less that 60 mph. And it even makes a fair walking stick that helps me go down rocky slopes. And mine has lasted… Read more “Mabef pochade box review”

Beatrice Betker
United states

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