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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).

Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need
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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
 
pfred23 years 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)  pfred22 years ago
Nice, those drafting machines are really cool.
ajohnsonorg3 years ago
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)  ajohnsonorg3 years ago
Thanks! That is a great suggestion to mount the light under the tray.