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Good n' Easy Drafting / Design Table

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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!
 
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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.

Materials:
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.

Tools:
Pencil
Straight Edge
Tape Measure
Screw Gun or Screwdriver
Circular Saw

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.
Your Isometric view is so good it gave me an idea for the right hand table end.
Make the leg support plate a shelf by spacing the plate below the door under surface with two 2x6 lenghts and cut off the right legs to match the 2x6 and plate drop. Do use the 'elmers' super ext wood glue. Great job!
jsgraham2 years ago
How much of an angle do you get from a 1-1/2" tall riser? I'm a comm-art and graphic design student. I do a lot of work at home, and I prefer a bit more angle that what you describe. Adding an inch or two won't affect your design... of course, that's my thinking. Thanks for the instructable.
mackey4444 years ago
I'm sorry I really do not get the part about the riser, and where to put it?
blksheep (author)  mackey4444 years ago
The riser goes under the drafting table top. It just gives it a bit of an angle so that working on it is easier.
molkame5 years ago
Nice Isometrics
nickfarnell5 years ago
this definitely would have been useful studying industrial design! nice and simple
shooby5 years ago
Damn, not much space for model making, what do you do for 1/4" scale models?? Desk looks good. A suggestion: For $30 you can buy a tilting monitor mount (screws into wall, screws into monitor). IF you had that, you could mount it to the wall right behind where it is now, clearing up some space for more pen/pencil bins, etc.
Doctor What6 years ago
God, they need this in school. It would make the experience so much enjoyable.
cloner6 years ago
very cool idea! i've been thinking about the same project to upgrade my workstation at home but this one's more sleek and fitting to my needs. thanks! more power! :)
rstraugh6 years ago
Hey, thanks for the pointers on the surface material. I just got a couple drafting tables that were used in a high school for multiple decades and the surface is trashed. Do you have any more details on the dance floor covering you used? Nice instructable, the diagrams are really helpful.
blksheep (author)  rstraugh6 years ago
I work in the theatre industry, so I got the dance floor from some old stuff they were throwing out. It comes in huge rolls, so I don't know if the companies that sell it will only sell a small amount. I'm not sure what type mine is. Harlequin is a company that makes dance floor cover (Google them). Their Cascade line looks close to what I have, but I'm not positive.
I spy wacom!
blksheep (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
Yeah baby! That thing is worth every single penny.
In my photo class, i was about to find a 25" tablet that I use...SO MUCH FUN!
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