|Project by RandyMarine||posted 03-14-2009 09:49 PM||5744 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Here is the Drafting Box/table I built. This was my first project other than my push stick and block.
I love drafting, I have been doing it since high school. I do use all kinds of CAD software, but I love doing things the old fashioned way…one day I will find someone to teach me how to use a slide rule!
Table size is: 32”w x 23” h x 1/2” d. The box size is: 31”w x 23”h x 6”d. I left a slot 4” high x 24” for the drawer.
Because this was my first project, I decided to build a plywood prototype (pic 1). I built it from sketches and used the prototype to do my detailed drawings (pic 2).
I also figured being my first project I would use pine because it is cheap to buy (in case I SNAFUed) and easy to machine. I used a rabbeted pin joint for the four corners and a dado slot for the 1/2” plywood bottom that I laminated with a granite looking shelf linner. I set the dado slot at 1/2” higher than the bottom lip of the pine to allow me to set it on top of something and not allow the box to move around (pic 3 dry fit & 4 glue up).
I wanted to finish it very dark to hide the inevitable digs it will suffer (being made from pine). So I put 6 coats of colonial stain and 3 coats of poly on it. I hope this would be sufficent (pic 5). I put a 24” continues/piano hinge on the front of the box to secure the drawing board at the front and give it the ability to be adjusted vertically to what ever surface I place it on (pic 6).
Thanks for reading, I will be following up with Part #2 (The board and Drawer Assembly) of this project very soon. Any comments, suggestions, or critisims would be greatly appreciated.
-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.