Introduction: $50 Drafting Table
I''t really have a suitable space to work. My solution? Build a Drafting table! The first one I designed was far too complex, my friend showed me plans for one on Instructables (https://www.instructables.com/id/Good-n-Easy-Drafting--Design-Table/) so I used that one, but modified it slightly to fit a reasonable price range. Yours, however, might come out to a few bucks more because I had a bunch of stuff laying around that I thought I could use, that''m no carpenter. If something was done wrong or you think my choice of materials wasn''ve missed. >_>
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Step 1: Materials
Okay, so the total came to $52.77 (including tax), without including the random bits I found. I just took one trip to Home Depot and found everything easy.
3/4"" MDF. (See second image)
Collapsible Table Legs: $19.97
- These took the longest to find, seems like nobody knew what I was talking about. Got ''ll need anything that''t come down with a bang.
- Take a picture of yours and show me! \o/
Step 2: The Cuts
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Also, make sure that the smaller part of the hinge is attached to the table, not the drawing surface.
When the hinges are on flip it over and give it a test.
Step 4: Attach the Legs
It just keeps getting easier!
Make sure you assemble the legs BEFORE you attach them to the table. I neglected to do so on the first pair of legs and I think they came out a bit uneven. >_>
Anyway. Line up your legs dead center, mark the holes and drill away. Be sure as hell you don''re almost done here...
Step 5: Finishing Touches
Now all there''m certain I could now build a better table for even cheaper. Yikes.
Nice drafting table design. It is simple and fairly cheap. Also I noticed that you just have it being held up statically without begin able to move. While searching through google I noticed this blog post http://thatshouldhold.com/build-your-own-drafting-table/ He used some architectural hinges that worked out perfectly. Take a look hope it helps.
Revised Link - http://thatshouldhold.com/build-your-own-drafting-table/
what about those rulers on the rails? thats what i would like to know how to build diy since they are so expensive normally
Could you elaborate?
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I know I am quite late to the 1 last update 2020/07/09 the party here, but have you considered coating the MDF with Melamine rather than the plexiglass? I t is not transparent but I think it would be a slightly better material for drawing on top of.
Just some unsolicited advice 8 months late. I know I am quite late to the party here, but have you considered coating the MDF with Melamine rather than the plexiglass? I t is not transparent but I think it would be a slightly better material for drawing on top of.
Just some unsolicited advice 8 months late.
It hadn''ve been looking for the name of that stuff for a while now as I have a project in mind that would look great with melamine instead of wood.
Also, this table bit the dust during my last move. : /
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great the 1 last update 2020/07/09 work. =) great work. =)
where''s from Ikea. It is, unfortunately, nonadjustable and the height it''s where milk crates come in, if you don''ve never had much luck putting screws into the edges of MDF. Even through the paper, MDF doesn''s like screwing into oatmeal. What sort of screws did you use? And have you had any problems with them pulling out?
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If they pull out, your best bet is probably to dowel them. Drill out the holes with a 1/2"" dowel that are longer than the holes. Or, if 1/2"" flat-head screws that fit the holes in the hinges. They should hold reasonably well, screwed into wood dowels - even in end grain.
Good idea. If things start falling apart I'll give that a shot.