This is an easy to build drafting and design table. All of the components are easy to find at hardware stores or through scavenging.
Sorry I don't have pictures of the construction, I didn't even think of posting this until months after I had completed it. Here's a final picture, showing this thing in place. A little messy, but very useful.
The reason I designed it the way I did is so that I could have a drafting area in front of the computer screen and still have space on the right-hand side for my paint, pencils, X-Acto's, whatever.
Since building this thing, I've figured out some improvements that I've put into the instructions... With all that said, On with the show!
Step 1: Materials and Tools List
Here's what you need. This stuff is easy to find. You may even have some of it laying around.
1.) 4' x 8' Plywood:
If you already have it, great! If you have to buy it, get a sheet that will have a smooth face that will be the working surface. Just remember, the nicer the face, the more the price.
2.) 28" x 80" Hollow Body Door:
The door doesn't have to be these dimensions exactly, but I found that this size works well.
3.) 1 1/2" Drywall Screws:
Usually a no-no in the carpentry world, but... eh. You can use wood screws if you want to be fancy.
4.) 1/2" Drywall Screws:
You only need a few of these. Again, substitute wood screws for fancy-pants points.
5.) 2 x Door Hinges
I think the ones that I used were 6" wide. You don't have to get anything too heavy duty, but don't try getting away with tiny, cheapy hinges.
6.) Folding table legs:
These come in a set of two. Usually about $20-25.
Screw Gun or Screwdriver
No Circular Saw?
If you don't have a circular saw, or don't have space to make the cuts yourself, you can usually pay a little extra and have the lumberyard of hardware store do the cuts for you. This is actually the method I prefer, because they usually use a panel saw, which gives a nice cut. I also live in an apartment with nowhere to work.