Drawing Table

Drawing Table

As a woodworker I prefer to design and hand draw all of my projects. I’ve tried using CAD programs but find them cumbersome and not easy to use. Additionally, for me, once I’ve designed and drawn up a plan by hand it’s pretty much committed to memory. Hand drawing provides an opportunity to work thru all of the connection details, proportion issues and assembly considerations.

I had a metal drafting table that was just too large and took up way too much floor space in my small office. I ran across an old wooden table with a curved plywood pencil tray and decided to build my own custom table. I used the pencil tray from the table I found and then set out to design and build a table that could fulfill all my needs.

I decided to make a fold up table that would provide the smallest footprint and yet have a large work surface. The legs fold out to for the ends and support the drafting table top. The table top folds down when not in use and takes up very little floor space.

The frame and legs are made of red oak with a dark mission satin and lacquer finish. The top was made from 3/4″ birch plywood and edge banded with red oak.

– Dan Neyens
Bonney Lake, WA

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