Refurbished Drafting Table

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Project by SwainCustoms posted 10-19-2015 06:44 PM 1209 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom picked up an old drafting table a few years ago at a flea market, and we used it as a beater table in our basement, but when I started to get into woodworking, she offered to send it to California with us to make a project out of it. I wish I had snapped some “before” pics, but it was the same table basically with a ply top. I removed all the hardware and took all the old wood parts and re-did them out of walnut and for the top I used a maple slab. I am using this table as my kitchen table now and don’t plan to do any true drafting on it, so I made the top a little more aesthetic, with curved edges along the shorter sides. It was a fun project to do, and definitely gave me the itch to find some more fixer-upper projects like this one. Hope you like it, we definitely do.

-- Zach @

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#1 posted 10-19-2015 09:13 PM

Very nice work, like the wood choices! I will eventually build a drafting table from scratch one day utilizing an antique design, I think they are so appealing and can be used in different applications such as yours. Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 10-20-2015 02:30 AM

Very attractive and a great conversation piece! Nice work!

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#3 posted 10-20-2015 09:10 AM

You did a great job on this. It is definitely an eye catching piece.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 10-20-2015 12:26 PM

Nice job, you wont find that type of hardware available today.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 10-20-2015 01:19 PM

As a drafter by profession I would love to have a table like this one day, Very nice job

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#6 posted 10-20-2015 02:11 PM

Zach, you did a real nice job on this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 10-20-2015 05:06 PM

Good Job.
In high school I had a drafting table and used it for all my home work, including drafting. Don’t remember what happened to it. Probably gave it to my younger brother. I think CAD programs have all but eliminated drafting by hand.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 10-21-2015 12:33 AM

great stuff. i had a drafting table like that years ago and had to sell it in a move – i wish i still had it!

i think you are going to really enjoy it. The aesthetics of it look fantastic.

-- designer by education, wood working hack by choice

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#9 posted 10-21-2015 05:16 AM

very nice. To see a table such as that without a ply top is really something special. Good job. Enjoy.

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#10 posted 10-23-2015 03:35 AM

Really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#11 posted 10-23-2015 06:36 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post everybody. We are enjoying it and use it daily as our kitchen table.

-- Zach @

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#12 posted 11-21-2015 08:18 AM

Very nice refurbished table. I have the original version in nearly mint condition that I still use to this very day. My grandfather bought it over 70 years ago (he passed away in 2009) when he first got his GC license and opened “Carmen Levo Construction” that built custom homes for just over 63 years.

Anyways…sorry for the rant but LOVE the way you did the table!

-- Chris - Residential Custom Wood Work - Jacksonville, FL

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