Drafting table, table top version

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Project by TonyInGuam posted 625 days ago 5671 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys, wanted to share this table-top drafting table I just finished for my wife. I made this out of necessity, my wife was spending too much time bent over in her crafting cabinet. I couldn’t find anything similar online to purchase so I made one. It’s made from birch plywood, mahogany trim/arms, with oak hinges and adjusting rails. I’m not to sure what the dowels are made of, bought at H-D. It’s all wood except for the stop screws I put in the dowels. I wanted to use wood for the stops, but my first idea didn’t pan out. Any ideas? The overall size is 15 X 25”. I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m thinking of just rubbing some tung oil on it, thoughts? I had a great time making it and think it turned out great (to me) not to mention the wife loves it.

-- Tony

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Chris Moellering

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#1 posted 625 days ago

Looks nice. My kind of SketchUp!

One question…don’t the holes in the top create issues when using it?

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 625 days ago

Sweet drafting table. I still do all my design work on paper, was thinking of buying a table top drafting setup, but this suits my needs perfectly. Can be used in the shop on the workbench. Mind if I steal your design?
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 625 days ago

Like the design. Also wondering about the holes in the top giving problems writing on it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Pete Tevonian

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#4 posted 624 days ago

Great idea! I’ve often wanted a drafting table and/or art easel, and this design could serve both purposes and be folded up and stored away.

I was wondering about the holes in the surface, too. I assume they allow you to move the bottom rest higher or lower on the panel, but why would you need/want to have the bottom/pencil rest that high up on the panel? I might have gone with a wider rest with just two rows of pin-holes along the far outside edges, so that the main surface could remain un-blemished.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#5 posted 624 days ago

All, I should have elaborated on the adjustable rest. The adjustable rest allows the wife to move the sign or work-piece up/down the surface to a comfortable working level. She attaches alot of vinyl to wooden signs and such, she doesn’t do any writing on the surface so the holes aren’t an issue.

Oldtool, help yourself. I plan on borrowing a few ideas from the site as well.

-- Tony

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#6 posted 624 days ago

I use sate sticks (wooden scewers) for dowel stops. They’re usually 1/8” diameter, and the stringy bamboo tends to hold well enough. No need to use glue even, just push one through and tap each en of the stop to mushroom it over, as you might do when setting a small copper rivet.

Good job on this!

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#7 posted 624 days ago

Yes, nice simple design. I added to my favorites. I work on blueprint takeoffs every day and need one for my desk.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#8 posted 624 days ago

I am a retired draftsman
..old school, ink on mylar/linen.. this is convenient, easy and practical.

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#9 posted 622 days ago

Am I the only one that noticed the white shorts lady?

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#10 posted 621 days ago

@mxrdrver, that’s Mrs. TonyinGuam. She’s the one that I built the drafting table for

-- Tony

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#11 posted 549 days ago

Nice work surface.
I use shellac sealer on most of my work.
I wipe it on and then immediately wipe it off so only what can soak in quickly stays on the wood.
You might get a more durable finish if you used a wipe-on polyurethane.
I like to wipe my finishes off so the grain of the wood shows through the finish.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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