Architect's Table

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Project by ronstar posted 01-06-2016 10:55 PM 3584 views 28 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Architect’s Table, based on Tom Fidgen’s table in “The Unplugged Woodshop”. Walnut base, curly maple top with walnut breadboard ends. I cut the maple into strips and glued up a slab so that the edge grain is showing. Shellac and wax. Mr. Fidgen made his with only hand tools. I haven’t mastered the hand tools yet, so I made mine with power tools. I had the curved steel top supports fabricated by a metal fabricator.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 11:31 PM

Nice work. What are the dimensions of the top?

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#2 posted 01-07-2016 12:19 AM

Looks great.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 01-07-2016 01:54 AM

Awesome job Brother, on my very long workshop bucket list, I have intentions to design/build a drafting table such as your fine example! Thanks for the inspiration, and once again, great piece! Favorited

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 01-07-2016 01:57 AM

Thanks everyone!

MC – The top is 23” x 38”

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#5 posted 01-07-2016 02:07 AM

Very nice. Like the maple top.


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#6 posted 01-07-2016 09:58 AM

Beautiful, and very functional. It is hard to go from an idea to a finished project, but you nailed it with this. It has some of the standard elements of a drafting table, but this is clearly a one of a kind piece with a lot of thought put into solid materials, functional and attractive joinery, and a lasting classic design.

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#7 posted 01-07-2016 10:58 AM

Thanks rookie & Joel!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#8 posted 01-07-2016 11:56 AM

Beautiful. Makes me a bit nostalgic recalling my college days

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#9 posted 01-07-2016 01:57 PM


-- Doug...

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#10 posted 01-07-2016 02:11 PM

Ron, this turned out beautifully and is a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 01-07-2016 02:29 PM

Wonderful! I too, am a fan of Tom Fidgen.

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#12 posted 01-07-2016 04:04 PM

Nice work. Will you actually put a T-square to it?

It reminds me of my brother who started as a draftsman with PDM; a sub-contractor that helped build the St Louis “Gateway” Arch.

-- --- Happy Howie

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#13 posted 01-07-2016 06:37 PM

I’m a fan of Tom, and you nailed it. Absolutely beautiful table!

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#14 posted 01-07-2016 06:46 PM

Super nice job on the drafting table. I was just asking the boss if we could buy a couple drafting tables and turn a spare office into an estimating room here at work. Maybe ill see if he’ll pay ME to make the tables now!

Id probably put out a lot more bids if I had a table like that to work on.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#15 posted 01-08-2016 01:43 PM

Thanks, everyone. I spent several years as a civil engineering draftsman, and lately I’ve wanted to draw some plans for woodworking and other projects. Not with Autocad or Sketchup, but rather old school. I’m going to make a T square to match the table, buy some drafting supplies, and put the table to work.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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