Make it yourself drafting table

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Make it yourself drafting table
Drafting Table (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Drafting tables are multipurpose desks that are useful because of their versatility. Whether you are an architect, artist or avid hobbyist, a large, adjustable surface on which to ply your trade is an invaluable resource. There are many ready-made versions of the drafting table, but they may be expensive and too large for use in a home office. By making your own drafting table, you can control the size and cost of the project.

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Things you need

  • Flat tabletop surface
  • Saw
  • 1/4-inch scrap hardboard
  • 2 heavy-duty 3-inch one-way hinges
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • 1/2-inch scrap plywood
  • 2 fixed-height table legs
  • 2 adjustable-height table legs

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  1. 1

    Place the chosen tabletop upside down so the underside is easily accessible.

  2. 2

    Saw the hardboard into two, 3-by-2½-inch rectangles to use as spacers for attaching the hinges to the tabletop.

  3. 3

    Align each hinge with a hardboard spacer and position it on the underside of the tabletop near what will be the front edge. Once the positions of the hinges have been marked, drill pilot holes through the hardboard spacers and into the tabletop.

  4. 4

    Attach the hinges and hardboard spacers to the tabletop with the included screws.

  5. 5

    Cut the plywood into 4-by-4½-inch pieces and attach these to the free side of the hinges with the included screws. This will provide a mounting surface for the front table legs.

  6. 6

    Attach the fixed legs to the 4-by-4½-inch plywood pieces using the supplied hardware. This will complete the front leg assemblies of the table.

  7. 7

    Attach the adjustable legs to the rear of the tabletop with the supplied hardware. After all four legs have been successfully attached, flip the table over.

  8. 8

    Adjust the rear table legs to the desired height. You can adjust the rear table legs at any time to change the incline of the tabletop.

Tips and warnings

  • Stores that sell prefabricated furniture offer many of the needed parts. These stores often sell build-your-own desk kits, and you can select the items needed to complete this project.
  • There are many options for tabletops. Second-hand tables, solid-core doors and even prefabricated tabletops are good, economical choices.
  • Always wear safety glasses when using power tools.

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