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Forum topic by ronstar posted 11-28-2015 03:27 PM 789 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2015 03:27 PM

I’d like to build a drafting table similar to this.

But I’m stuck as to how to secure the iron diagonal pipe supports to the legs. Anyone have any ideas?

-- Ron, Northern Illinois


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#1 posted 11-28-2015 03:32 PM

Pins?

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#2 posted 11-28-2015 03:35 PM

Use wood and mortise and tenons

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#3 posted 11-28-2015 03:41 PM

Just a guess, but those diagonal iron supports probably run through the bottom of the foot and have threaded ends and a nut. They probably just pierce into the vertical leg and butt end into the wood. Mortise and tenon connection at the leg is loose fitted and not glued. The iron rod holds this together.

The whole assembly looks like it was designed to be broken down for shipping/moving, with those wedged connections on the stretchers. Very nice design.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#4 posted 11-28-2015 04:30 PM

I have an antique drafting table that is somewhat similar, that does not require diagonal leg supports. I also have an antique drafting arm for it.

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#5 posted 11-28-2015 07:18 PM

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#6 posted 11-28-2015 07:47 PM

Wood screws, small lags, through bolted with nuts on the bottom… lots of ways. Doesn’t sound like much of a problem really. I have one that is very similar to the one shown, and as already mentioned, it uses wood instead of pipes.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 11-28-2015 11:27 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice! And I think I’ll do it all in wood with mortise/tenons – and I’ll try to get close to the one made by Tom Fidgen as posted by Slemi.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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