Drawing Table

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Project by Christophret posted 12-06-2012 11:59 PM 5102 views 20 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a drawing table like this a few years ago but couldnt afford it, So I decided to make my own.
I did it all from memory and stayed within nominal dimensions, worked out well.

I made a few changes such as using dowels to construct it and a beautiful 1” fir plywood for the top,
which is special to me becuase of it’s age and source. The rest of it is cabinet grade baltic birch with a few pieces of pine for latteral supports. very few mechanical connections, only a few where the most stress is like the hinge ledge. I used to be an illustration major and I’ve been drawing things since I could hold a pencil. So a nice table was always on my bucket list.

I mainly use it to redraw some older scroll saw patterns and a place to throw all the bills and mail.
I have yet to put a finish on it which will be a clear poly and may laminate the top with a matte black formica.
Thanks for looking!

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 01:41 AM

Great thought process. Really good construction.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 03:03 PM

My son is in need of a drawing/drafting table. This is an interesting design. It looks really good. Another project to add to my list.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 03:32 PM

Nice table.

Do you use a tee square?
If yes,
How did you ensure the top and left(or right) edges a perfectly perpendicular?

Descriptive geometry can give solutions rapidly without formulas.
Knowing how to draw is allways usefull to mark the boards themselves.
I still have to start to use a CAD software.
The problem with CAD is that you have to use it frequently; otherwise you forget how it works.

Have a look on those sites:

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#4 posted 12-08-2012 12:21 AM

Thanks Guys!

No CAD here. Everything you see here was done by hand, from layout to construction.
No fancy tools either, circular saw, jig saw, router with flushing bit and a hand drill.

Ironicly enough: I ensured the perfect perpendicularity by using a T-square. :)
While I didn’t put it through micrometer testing, I did make sure the top was as square a humanly possible.
Which is a bold statment, But i will double check in some mannor to see if I did achive perfect perpendicularity. Because now you have me wondering: how human am I ?

-- I cut it twice and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 01:26 AM

When I saw that plywood top, I figured it must be vintage. I remember when Douglas Fir plywood like that was being pumped out by mills here in BC and shipped worldwide. Not any more . . .

Good looking drawing table !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 02:47 PM

Very cool design! I currently work off a store bought drafting table that has no character. I have been planning to build a drafting/drawing table to replace it. Your design is not only interesting, it also allows you to put the image vertical, which would be great for drawing. Thanks for sharing!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 01:28 PM

That is one good looking design. I have an old draftsman table that unfortunately was used as a mat cutting board for the last 10 years of its life before I got. The top was pretty scored up. I sanded some it out and used it to hold my CAD computer.

Great job.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 02:07 PM

RE: the T-square question. Anyone wanting or needing a T-Square for a project like this might consider a T-Square used by sheetrock (drywall) workers. They are 4 feet long, and about 24” wide at the “T”, usually aluminum, and sell for under $10 US at most ‘Big Box’ stores (Lowes, HD, and others)

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 02:13 PM

That is an unusual design and looks very nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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