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Project by airfieldman posted 09-01-2014 01:28 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a drafting table most of my life. I’ve needed one my entire woodworking experience. Just never took the time to do anything about it. And since mostly I build to fit, not to plans, it hasn’t been an issue. Until now, when I’m building a DVD storage chest of drawers for my son, imagined by my son. So, the dimensions have to be right.

So, I used an old cheap desk top (Ikea-esque). Using the French cleat system I hung it from the wall first. Then I added another half cleat inverted to the top. But, since that would hang the desk at 45 degrees, I cut the daddo at 15 degrees so the desk hangs at 30 degrees.

Then I added another board to attach the removable legs. Drilling the holes at 30 degrees, and even cutting the top of the legs at 30 degrees, and with the entire top edge supported, it is very stable even though it is completely collapsable.

After that I needed a t-square, so I cut up a scrap piece of thin ply and glued that together. Best part is that the only thing I paid for was the two dowels. About 5$.

Now onto the DVD storage thing. Life is good people!

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 09-01-2014 12:03 PM

Nice setup, came out great. Your story sounds like mine, been toying with making a similar table, can’t get into the Sketchup thing like most on this site, not that interested in learning CAD.
Enjoy your new woodworking aid, have fun designing the DVD rack.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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