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Project by RandyMarine posted 03-14-2009 09:49 PM 4546 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

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.





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johnnie52

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 04:35 AM

Its definitely better looking than the first one I built using plywood and pallets. I haven’t touched a board in years since I started using CAD for everything, but making a nice new board sounds interesting. I’ll be looking forward to new installments.

-- John - Tampa, FL - American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TIAWAN!

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cabinetmaster

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#2 posted 03-15-2009 09:45 PM

I also like to doo things the old fashioned way. I actually got my drawing board out this morning to draw some cabinets for my step daughter. Real nice job. What did you use for the straight edge?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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RandyMarine

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#3 posted 03-15-2009 10:09 PM

I bought the straight edge and guide strings from a commercial art supply store here in town, and mounted it to a 1/2” peice of MDF.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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joey

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#4 posted 03-15-2009 11:05 PM

I still like to do most of my drawings by hand, been wanting to build a drawing table/light box for a long time. I also do some stain glass. thanks for sharing

Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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cabinetmaster

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 01:40 AM

Thanks Randy. we have a place like that about 30 miles from here. I need to go there sometime soon so I’ll check it out.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 03-16-2009 02:45 AM

that reminds me to dig out my old drafting table from the basement archives. Someday when I get the time to build “my” office (which I would dearly love) I will ressurect the old girl. Till then I’m green with envy.

Sometimes I think that if one cannot sharpen the plow, dont try and teach me how to farm and if one cannot draw what they choose to make with a pencil and paper…...........give up trying to make it out of wood. I see too many cabinet shops lost in CNC and all too often they have forgotten what a “scraper” is, spend too much time with too many people studying a program instead of getting the job done….........but thats just me.

Cheers

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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johnnie52

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 03:36 AM

When I built mine I used a straight edge that was designed to be used for drafting and came with cables, rollers and springs. I bought it at a local art supply store. It was 40” long and I still have it. I use it to mark sheet goods now.

-- John - Tampa, FL - American components, Russian components..... ALL MADE IN TIAWAN!

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cabinetmaster

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#8 posted 03-16-2009 12:14 PM

Roman is so right. We have had so many problems with the new program we are using for our CNC. Wish we could get rid of it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 06:29 PM

Thanks for sharing Randy. I still do pencil sketches for initial concepts but turn to Sketchup for anything I want drawn well. But I hate most CAD apps and understand the pleasure of a drafting session.

-- Chris

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#10 posted 07-05-2009 05:06 AM

Very cool ! I have been planning a swing down wall mount for my shop .

-- POPSHOP ,

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Moron

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#11 posted 07-05-2009 05:21 AM

good luck

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

#12 posted 02-14-2010 06:15 AM

hey randy nice drafting table i like it you did a awsome job bud

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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