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Project by Douglas posted 07-15-2016 04:23 AM 964 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a drawing table I designed and built last November of 2015. It is cherry, finished with amber shellac and wax. I have been wanting to improve by own drawing and drafting skills for designing furniture projects, and had no good place to do it. I was inspired by a simple workman like pine example I saw in a boutique store locally…

... and started out with that design in mind. But of course, I ended up refining it, as the original was too bulky, and I wanted to make something a little more elegant. I ran into a little trouble with the tilt hardware, as I really wanted to get a pair of old fashioned semi-circle hardware, but was unable to source any that weren’t already attached to a vintage or antique table. I settled upon using these casement window stays, and they work very well. I posted this in my projects gallery on my website at http://dcwwoodworks.com/drawing-table/ . My friend Marcus Mader took the excellent studio photos.

Here’s a few of the build photos…

The original board that made up the top…

making the breadboard ends…

shaping the feet…

Thanks for looking.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com





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Kerux2

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 05:47 AM

Love it. What are those black levelers… slide thingys? And where do you get them?

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 10:02 AM

Good woodworking, also and engineering part of project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 12:08 PM

Beautiful!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 03:30 PM

Where did you find the black adjuster things?

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Douglas

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#5 posted 07-15-2016 03:48 PM

Kerux2 & gargey – I got the casement window stays from here… http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/casement-window-stay-12-inch-brass . I needed to add a little bit of support inside the coupling to take some play out of them, then they were fine.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 07-15-2016 04:06 PM

very nice …. If I only had more room in shop …... I would make me one …..GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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cajfiddle

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#7 posted 07-15-2016 06:17 PM

Beautiful! How’d you finish it?

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Douglas

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#8 posted 07-15-2016 06:41 PM

cajfiddle – It is several coats of amber shellac, sanded between coats, the a final application of paste wax with a steel wool pad.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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JCinVA

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#9 posted 07-15-2016 08:09 PM

Well you hit the mark on refinement and elegance – that is a great table!

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#10 posted 07-16-2016 01:19 AM

Beautiful drawing table. When I stated engineering, we worked on drawing tables, and I have always wanted to build an elegant one. Looks like you nailed your design. Congrats, and thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#11 posted 07-16-2016 04:56 AM

Very nice work, an attractive drawing table. Wish I had room for one.

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#12 posted 07-16-2016 11:24 AM

Your drafting/drawing table hits the mark with simple, elegant lines. I took particular notice of the feet and legs, very solid without overwhelming the table. Definitely a project I will look back to when I finally get to the drafting table on my To-Do list.

I also noticed the double stepped tenons for the breadboard ends. How did you attach the breadboards? I don’t see a plug to cover a screw on the ends. I’ve always heard that you only glue the center tenon and then make screw slots for the wood movement.

Nicely done.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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CaptainSkully

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#13 posted 07-16-2016 02:45 PM

Hey Douglas,

Very elegant drafting table! I immediately wanted to make one for myself.

I was trained as a draftsperson the old-school way before CAD became available to civilians. When it did, it was on the machines they used to draw NASA rockets and were just fancy etch-a-sketches.

One of my favorite tools was the drafting arm. Good ones are surprisingly expensive, but I found one at Harbor Freight is probably a piece of crap but may be worth a try.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Douglas

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#14 posted 07-16-2016 04:11 PM

Earl – thanks for the kind words. The breadboard ends are done traditionally, no screws. The ends are pegged, just a little glue on the center peg.

Capt Skully – I glad to provide inspiration! I remember those drafting arms – I took drafting classes when I was in high school in the early 80’s, and it was all different weighted pencils and drafting arms. I’m just using a T square and triangles for the “drafting” part. But I’m really trying to develop sketching and drawing, which I need the most improvement on.

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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gsimon

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#15 posted 07-16-2016 08:18 PM

wonderful project – i like how you made it your own

-- Greg Simon

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