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12-24-2012 05:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: drafting table desk design

Alright guys my wife has decided she would like to have vintage drafting table so after some research I have came to the conclusion that its not in our bugdet.So I have decided to build one.I have found a detailed plan online that I will be using for rough measurements and another for the model.I am just kind of confused about the design of the. One that I will be building.I cannot figure out why the front supports seem to be floating and what makes the rear table supports stay in position once the correct angle of the top is chosen.My first thought is to have notches cut out where the rear supports can rest in the notches.But im afraid it might take away from from the looks of the table.Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.Below is the link it is the second table down. http://blog.uniqueuniquedesign.com/index.php?s=drafting+table&submit=Search


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#1 posted 12-24-2012 06:25 PM

I have a very old Drafting table that I use occassionally were the stand is made from oak, and the top is fairly large.

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#2 posted 12-24-2012 10:28 PM

Thanks Jonathan that is a great idea putting in dowel rods for the rear supports I believe that’s what I will do.I also think that I will make the front supports stationary.And yes SawSucker I too will be building the frame from oak relaimed from old walkboards. The top will also be out of oak reclaimed from pallets it will be about 48”x 36”.

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#3 posted 12-24-2012 10:40 PM

The top on the one that I have is not made of oak, I’m guessing that it’s made out of pine. I think that there is too much large open grain in oak to be used as a drawing top, unless you plan on putting some kind of rubber drawing mat ontop of it.

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#4 posted 12-27-2012 03:59 PM

I would think they have used something like this (I don’t know how it is called in English):

both for the front support as for the back support.

But maybe with the grooves vertically instead of horirontally, a bit like bed harware.
Look here to see what I mean :

http://schoolofwood.com/node/72

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#5 posted 12-27-2012 04:36 PM

thastoneman, in looking at the picture that I believe you linked, I wonder if on that back adjustment brace you considered making the bottom of it the stationary pivot point and using the dowel slot arrangement under the tabletop. Hope What I tried to say makes sense to you.

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#6 posted 12-27-2012 04:39 PM

Interesting question, stoneman. To my old eyes it looks like there is a metal fitment on the end of the 4 vertical boards, and it ends in a pin. There are then holes where it can be inserted to vary the respective height of the front and angle (from the back).

That stretcher across the knee space is somewhat bothersome. It looks a bit close. Overall the structure looks a little less than rigid, but that may be of no importance in this application.

Side note: Rockler sells a “drafting table support” [I tried uploading pic and inserting link and both failed] and has for years.

It is actually made for casement windows, but functions perfectly in its new assignment. Multiuse! If you see someone’s windows flapping in the breeze, it may be because there is a new drafting table in the house.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#7 posted 12-27-2012 10:19 PM

Lee I agree with you and the pins would better go in the kind of hardware I am suggesting.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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