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Refinishing Hamilton Drafting Table

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Project by DonR posted 02-16-2012 11:06 PM 5492 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well about 2 weeks ago I was mulling over the materials need to build myself a drawing table. Then providence interceded and I found this old Hamilton on a surplus auction at my local university. the drawing surface has 8 layers of wipe on Ploy after using joint compound to fill several fine cuts (and sanding the fuzz out of it) , they came from this table being used in a machine shop which also gave it the deep stain in the upper middle portion of the surface.

It is a soft Maple surface (about 1 inch thick) on top of an oak frame. Ikea had nothing on these folks this was made to be broke down and shipped. The entire piece is dry fit with screws and mortise and tenon joints. The hard ware is soft steel (I think) hinges and cast iron slide arms and locks.

-- Don Riney, Arlington TX, --- Using a lathe involves breaking years and years of training and sticking a sharp piece of metal into rotating machinery.





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barecycles

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 11:35 PM

Man, does that picture take me back. I spent about 10 years of my young adult life anchor to a table just like that. Congrats on your find.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 11:37 PM

I love a great finish! Thanks for posting!

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 01:29 AM

Oh, yeah, these are as common as a sunburn in July in all the places I’ve worked, but I’ve never seen one for sale or had the room to have one myself. Not coincidentally, the wide drawer on the front is perfectly sized for full-sized drawings. Can you get a picture of the near foot rail? The inevitable wear there is the table’s badge of honor.

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 11:35 AM

I sanded quite a bit on that rail and smoothed it out but the scars from hundreds of feet still remain.

-- Don Riney, Arlington TX, --- Using a lathe involves breaking years and years of training and sticking a sharp piece of metal into rotating machinery.

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