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Project by handsawgeek posted 12-01-2014 06:11 PM 2136 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a small knock around project I had been meaning to get around to for several years….a portable drafting board that can be easily transported and set up on any bench or the kitchen table. The leg assembly folds down against the board for carrying and storage, and locks into place at a prescribed angle for use. Not a large board, but ideal for hand drafting wood shop plans on 8.5×11 paper.

-- Ed





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Richard

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#1 posted 12-01-2014 06:47 PM

The Original CAD Program , Same thing I grew up useing. Getting kind of hard to find that type of stuff localy now days.

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#2 posted 12-01-2014 07:19 PM

heh…spent many years as a draughtsman…I used to draw topographic maps (yes, I drew contour maps by hand, I doubt many people can do that now but then why should they?) for an an engineering firm. The tables I used were six feet long and three wide….looked just like yours though. I did do work in Autocad and others but nothing can beat the creative moment of putting a pencil on a white sheet of paper…I really need to make one of these for me.

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#3 posted 12-01-2014 09:43 PM

“Drafting board???”... Do they even make T Squares and triangles anymore? You bring back old memories of Ammonia vapors, erasing machines, and struggling to make the perfect arrow head on a dimension line.

Thats a great little project

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#4 posted 12-01-2014 10:22 PM

Oh! The ammonia fumes! yes, that was (not really very) lovely. Arrow heads, brilliant ... and that colour of the drawing mat. No other material on earth is just that colour. I notice your triangle still has all three points…obviously not using it enough :)

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handsawgeek

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#5 posted 12-01-2014 10:55 PM

Yep, most of my drafting tools were ones that I had bought back in the mid-70s while working toward an Associates in Mechanical Design Tech. I do have a couple of triangles that are missing the corners :) For me, the toughest thing to master was the hand lettering of all the drawing dimensions and notes. I managed to get good at it, and now it influences my actual everyday writing style.
I never got a job in the mechanical drafting industry since I ultimately turned my career in the direction of electronics . There was one job I had years ago, though, where my drafting experience got used extensively:
I was hired as an electronics technician for a company that manufactured Gallium Arsenide wafers to be used in IC chip manufacturing. The process for doing this involved some precision controlled horizontal ovens that would heat the Gallium and Arsenic at high temps at the point where the two elements touched inside the oven.
I was hired to construct these ovens and wire up the control racks and lead harnesses.
As it turned out, the company had misplaced their mechanical working drawings for the components of these ovens. And, they needed to build several more. I happened to mention to my boss that I had some mech. drafting experience. His eyes lit up.
Within the week, I found myself moved to the company’s spare empty building, where a room was set up with a large drafting table for me. An existing machine was wheeled in. I was given a set of calipers and other measuring devices, and a box of tools.
For the next couple of months, I worked in ‘my’ building with music cranking. My task involved dismantling the machine, and, one by one, carefully measuring each and every part, then rendering a working drawing of that part.
By the time I finished, I had produced a good sized stack of drawings that got sent off to a local machine shop.
After a couple of weeks, finished parts began arriving at the shipping dock, which I then got to assemble into finished machines, paint the frames, and wire up the control racks. For me, this was a dream job at the time..
pretty much working on my own on all facets of a project from start to finish.

-- Ed

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 11:08 PM

Very nice, I like it. I too have been meaning to make one of these, but never seem to get around to it. Tired of using quadrille paper and two drafting triangles to keep things square. Think I’ll borrow your design.
What did you use on the top surface?

-- "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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handsawgeek

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#7 posted 12-01-2014 11:16 PM

The material is called Vyco. It’s a vinyl covering standard for drafting tables.

Here is a link that has a useful description and purchase source…

http://www.draftingsteals.com/catalog-drafting---drawing-equipment-vinyl-board-covers.html

-- Ed

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handsawgeek

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#8 posted 12-01-2014 11:20 PM

I just found this link while doing a search on where to buy this stuff….
Wally-World, of all places!

http://www.walmart.com/ip/17367605?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedItemId=17367615&adid=22222222227014295728&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=52623408311&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=84498176351&veh=sem

I’m sure you can find it at places like Staples or Office Depot as well. Art supply stores might carry it, too.

Hobby Lobby??

-- Ed

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Richard

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#9 posted 12-01-2014 11:54 PM



Oh! The ammonia fumes! yes, that was (not really very) lovely. Arrow heads, brilliant ... and that colour of the drawing mat. No other material on earth is just that colour. I notice your triangle still has all three points…obviously not using it enough :)

- ex-member


Didn’t they used to make chairs that color for Goverment Offices.

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#10 posted 12-02-2014 12:21 AM

Nice job. Looks fun< I remember doing that in High school

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 12-02-2014 01:28 AM

Nice job. I have a place that I go near the house that I often find pristine drafting equipment, because it is across the street from Boeing design offices. My first and secong drafting table was never so simple, though I wish they were.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#12 posted 12-02-2014 04:01 AM

I remember Vyco. I only had high school drafting but that was enough for me to end up doing all the as built drawings for my dads construction company on a nice huge table with the mechanical T-Square… along with parts pickup, ditch digging, site clean up, site trailer set up…HEY! You know being the bosses son is no favor when all the Journeymen look at you and say, “You’re the bosses son? Oh man…. ” :)

Nice portable drafting table. I still have all my drafting tools.. Well, most of them. Trying to make myself sit still for some SketchUp Tutorials. So far I keep getting distracted but more fun stuff.

One of these days going to try and make one of these It doesn’t seem to different from what I used to use :)

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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#13 posted 12-02-2014 04:11 AM

Nice work. Looks handy. My style of CAD, quick and easy. No learning curve ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 12-02-2014 02:15 PM

Nostalgic.
I did a lot of A0 drawings of layouts and factory buildings
My equipment (corners missing – of course) was put to use recently by my son who got admission in to Mechanical engineering.
Thanks for sharing!!!

-- shuja

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#15 posted 12-05-2014 04:31 PM

Handsawgeek,
nice project.

“My style of CAD, quick and easy. No learning curve ;-) “

The time to learn CAD is too long if you only use it occasionally.
I am also sticking with manual drafting.
I still have a wooden drafting board ( about A1 size) and a plastic rotring one (A3 size) an older version of this

I would not say “no learning curve”. It was not difficult but if you want other people to understand your drawing you have to respect some standards (which of course are somewhat different in Europe and US).

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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