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Update an Old Drawing Board

I was over at my parents place looking through my dad's shed for some wood for a project I was thinking of doing.  In the pile of scrap wood I found an old drafting/drawing board. It was a nice coincidence since I had resolved myself to learn how to draw and this would be very useful. My dad wasn't sure were it had come from but I am guessing that it may have been left behind by my brother when he moved out (many years ago).

Unfortunately the board was in pretty bad shape, there was paint, grooves and some unidentified goo on the surface.  So I cleaned up the surface, covered it with white cupboard paper, attached legs so that it could sit at an angle, and added an adjustable pencil tray.

(I hope my brother doesn't want it back now that I fixed it up).
 
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Step 1: What you will need

Materials
  • drawing board (this is the closest thing I could find that looks like what I have)
  • white cupboard liner
  • rubber furniture feet ~2.5 inches high
  • metal shaft (for the legs)
  • plywood board 1ft by 6in, 1/4in thick
  • wood 3/4inchX1/4inch thick 12inches long
  • wood dowels
  • elastic band 1/2inch wide
  • elastic string
  • thumb tacks
  • metal straps or metal hose clamps

Tools:
  • saw
  • hammer nails
  • drill
  • wood glue
  • glue
  • scissors
  • sandpaper

Step 2: Cover

As I mentioned in the intro this drawing board was quite a mess to begin with. I had pried, scraped and sand off as much as I could.
I managed to get the surface smooth but but it didn't look very nice.  I notice that the majority of drawing boards that you can buy have nice white surfaces so I covered mine with white cupboard liner. 

To apply:  Gently stick the paper on one end and move down to the other end using something flat to press it down. Remove all air bubbles or bumps.

pfred21 year ago
Where to keep a drafting table can be an issue. I keep one of mine under my table saw out feed table. Another table top I lean up behind a desk. I have a few smaller boards kicking around. One in my supply box, the top is a drawing surface.

Here is one I have with a drafting machine attached to it:

http://i.imgur.com/1RVke.jpg

Mostly I like using a T square and triangles though.
ChrysN (author)  pfred21 year ago
Nice, those drafting machines are really cool.
Nice board! The tool caddy can serve as a strategic mount point for a light, such as an under-cabinet LED or fluorescent bar.
ChrysN (author)  orgajohnson1 year ago
Thanks! That is a great suggestion to mount the light under the tray.
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