Digital Drawing Horse

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Project by Chuck Vosburgh posted 1951 days ago 7879 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a refinement of a the traditional drawing horse to accommodate a notebook computer and Wacom tablet. I use this in the figure drawing studio to draw using the computer. It puts the screen in the artist’s line of sight whick alleviates the disconnect between the tablet and the subject being drawn.

It was a fun project to build and always starts conversations :)

-- Chuck,

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#1 posted 1951 days ago

This is a nice project, Chuck. It not only is functional but it also looks good as well. I can well understand why it is a focal point for guests. This is certainly a unique piece of furniture.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 1951 days ago

Really interesting project….As a Draftsman, I was thinking the other day in something similar, to me there is still something interesting about using a drafting table or an easel, they involve the body movement….the irruption of CAD didnt take into account this factor,and thats a loss in my point of view…..but you solve it!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 1951 days ago

It looks good. I would say though that you could “concave” or cut out a place for your legs so that you don’t have to straddle so much material. Just to make it a bit more comfy. Great idea though.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 1951 days ago

Great looking piece there. Looks like it would be very convenient to use.

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

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#5 posted 1950 days ago

I like it a bunch. I also like the idea of narrowing where you straddle the bench with your legs. When I was taking drawing classes, the drawing bench horses were a set width where you sat, and about half way down tapered to the front “leg”, maybe 6” wide. It was pretty comfy that way. Also, since it’s not mine, see where the digital tablet sits? What about making it so you could lift that area and store your tablet and pen under that shelf area? Just a thought.

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

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#6 posted 1950 days ago

That’s a nice idea, Chuck. I have almost the same setup—a PowerBook G4 17” with a Intuos3 631W (the wide ratio one)—and I always place a small airplane pillow to hold it against the table in exactly the same position. I guessthat, like me, you don’t use the Wacom mouse but your regular one.

How do you hold the MacBook lifted on the back? I made a stand folding a sheet of aluminium. It keeps it nice and cool at a 1 1/2” over the surface, making it more comfortable to type at the same time.

Then only thing I would do if it were my bench would be making a simple snap-on upholstered pad and a small backrest that could either be flipped back to fold it or simply made removable.

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#7 posted 1949 days ago

once in a while I miss the ones we had at school… this is a great design!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 1948 days ago

Great idea….I think your on to somthing

-- Dave, North Dakota,

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#10 posted 1715 days ago

Well done

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