Drawing desk

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Project by archie18 posted 04-30-2012 01:54 AM 11999 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I recently made a small lift top table for a local museum my daughter, an artist, said, “That would make a good drawing table.” So guess what she got for her birthday? The table is 24×30 inches, 31 inches tall, made of poplar. Gave me a chance to try out my new dovetail jig. It also has a slideout shelf on the bottom to set things on while painting. Still need to install the support bar for the lid which is attached with a piano hinge. Coated with 3 coats of poly. The box is 5.5 inches deep with 1/4 inch dividers.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#1 posted 04-30-2012 03:07 AM

Very Nice. I have always wanted to build a drawing table. Thanks for sharing, it may motivate me.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 04-30-2012 04:02 AM

Fantastic, well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 04-30-2012 05:30 AM

I could really use something like this, and I’m pretty sure my daughter would want one, too! Nice, simple design, and well crafted.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#4 posted 04-30-2012 12:43 PM

Very nice usable taable. She will love it!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 04-30-2012 02:34 PM

This is great. Our family needs something like this for the kids to use. Does the poly finish resist dried paint, or do you need to get it cleaned off while still wet? I’ve thought about making a melamine-topped art desk, but I’d much rather have the look of wood.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#6 posted 04-30-2012 05:53 PM

Great work. I’m curious about how you attached the box to the legs – usually I’d expect to see mortise and tenon, but then the legs would have to be on the outside.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#7 posted 04-30-2012 10:36 PM

Great drawing table, I need to steal this idea for my daughter, :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-01-2012 02:05 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. My daughter hasn’t used it yet so I am not sure how well the poly will clean up from oil paints, but she does a lot of water colors so it should be good for that.

The legs are mortised from the bottom of the box to the top. The sides of the box are also mortised such that the legs are held in place and are very sturdy without glue or fasteners, although I did apply some glue where the bottom of the box rests on the shoulder of the legs and also where the legs fit into the sides of the box.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#9 posted 05-02-2012 07:00 AM

That is a very cool table.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#10 posted 05-02-2012 01:13 PM

Very nice, Archie, and it’s also very useful. Nice work.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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