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
- 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
- hammer nails
- wood glue
Step 2: Cover
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.
Step 3: Legs
For the legs I happened to have two plastic-tipped metal brackets from a cat window perch (which of course my cat never used). Conveniently, they were the right size and held the board at nice angle, plus they were quite sturdy. (Metal shafts dipped into plasti-dip and bent at one end would work as well.) I wanted to be able to remove the legs when the board was not in use for easy storage. So instead of screwing the legs on I made a metal sleeve to slide the legs into. I used metal hose clamps, measured where the legs would fit and hammered them onto the back of the board with short nails.
Step 4: Pencil Tray
I tested the layout of the pencil tray first on cardboard. Once I was happy with the layout I transferred it to a 12inX6inX1/4in piece of plywood. For the 11 pencil set, to attach the elastic, I drilled 12 small holes in the wood 11mm apart starting 15mm from the end. I made two sets of these holes 80mm apart.
Step 5: Pencil Tray
I made four elastic loops for the set of pens and smudge sticks. I used the same spacing (11mm apart for the holes and 15mm apart marks on the elastic). These were placed 40mm from the edge and 50mm away from the holes made for the pencil set.
I added four additional elastic loops for the erasers, pencil sharpener and pencil leads and a place to put a small ruler on the back of the tray.
Step 6: Tray Arms
- four 19X19X19mm cubes
- four 19X40X4mm pieces
- two 19X60x4mm pieces
Step 7: Tray Arms
- The one cube on each arm will be attached to the board the other cube to the tray.
- I marked the spot on the tray 70mm from the end and lined it up to the centre point of the cube. I glued the cube to the back of the pencil tray with wood glue. And repeated this with the other arm.
- Once the glue had dried I measured the distance between the arms and used this to centre the tray to the board
- I marked where the cubes should go and glued them to the back of the drawing board with wood glue.
- When the glue had dried I reassembled the arms and trimmed off the ends of the dowels.
Step 8: Back of the Board
Step 9: Back of the Board:
Step 10: Back of the Board: Triangle
There should be another triangle that originally came with the board that I am still hoping to find and there is still room on the back of the board for it.
Step 11: Other Options
Good lighting is important when drawing. A clamp desk light. Would make a nice addition to the drawing board. I felt I didn't need one since the table I place my drawing board has nice overhead lighting.
Turning the drawing board into a table
I had initially considered doing this but realized I really didn't have the room in my condo to place another table, even if it folded away. But if I had more room I might try it. I was thinking of placing the drawing board on something like a TV tray that you can fold away and attaching the board to the tray with hinges on one side and being able the adjust the height at the back much like canuckinjapan did with his.