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Old 04-23-2003, 10:36 AM
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Drafting Table

I was wondering if anybody uses a drafting table to paint on. I'm going to have a studio early next year and will have room for one. They are cheap as everybody has gone to computers. Seems like they would be perfect because you can adjust the tilt on them.
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I use one and really like it.
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Hi Norm, I use a drafting table, actusually i have two.......but not the room in studio for both.......but they are really nice for watercolour painting.....
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I actually had bought an adjustable drafting table for home to paint on but once I got it home I didn't like it. Yeah, they are adjustable but most of them (at least the inexpensive ones) are not that easy/fun to adjust the tilt on. So if you buy one, you probably won't adjust it that often if at all.

I ended up buying a nice glass desk that I am very happy with. The drafting table ended up here where I work because as it turned out someone needed a table to stand up and work because he has a back problem. I was happy to get rid of it and not have to eat the $150 I spent.
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Norm, I love mine. My sister got it at her office when they were remodeling - she picked it up for $25 (and it weighs a ton). It's adjustable in about a million ways and has a dandy tray to the right with lots of little compartments and a hole for hanging my tsquare and rulers. I can sit or stand to work and can tilt the table or leave it flat. I can use it for all sorts of projects, not just painting - my knitting machine fits perfectly on it. Oh, and when it's not doing all the above, the cats like to nap on it.

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Old 04-23-2003, 10:50 AM
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I actually had bought an adjustable drafting table for home to paint on but once I got it home I didn't like it. Yeah, they are adjustable but most of them (at least the inexpensive ones) are not that easy/fun to adjust the tilt on. So if you buy one, you probably won't adjust it that often if at all.


The kind I'm talking about are REAL drafting tables like the engineering a architectural firms used to use before computers (not like they sell at craft and offce stores). They are counter weighted so you simply push a peddle and can easily adjust the angle and height with one hand.
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I would love to have a drafting table, but do not have room where I paint.

Another thing to remember for when we decide to renovate.
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We had an artist table (???) whatever that means, that tilted. I found it cumbersome and gave it to my son...
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Norm, mine is a real drafting table. The desktop is about 3' x 4' and the base weighs over 50 lbs. Not to mention the top. It weighs a ton as well. I highly recommend going with a professional job. You should be able to find one used for not much $$$$$. They're worth every penny.

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Ahh, well that makes sense now LOL

A REAL drafting table my husband would draw the line at. We don't have a room just for a studio hence the glass desk in the den. Now we have 1/2 tv room and 1/2 studio depending upon who is in the room at the time LOL
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Norm, mine is a real drafting table. The desktop is about 3' x 4' and the base weighs over 50 lbs. Not to mention the top. It weighs a ton as well. I highly recommend going with a professional job. You should be able to find one used for not much $$$$$. They're worth every penny.

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Erin, where would you go to find a professional model? I have a cheap drafting table, which suits my purposes well enough, but I'd love to have one that adjusts easier.
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Sometimes you;'ll find good deals on pro-models on ebay, of course it would have to be in your area for pick-up, just search ebay under "region".
I have one (not a pro table) and it works very well for me, like the big surface where I can keep everything near, recently am doing more oils though, so it's catching dust...
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Erin, where would you go to find a professional model? I have a cheap drafting table, which suits my purposes well enough, but I'd love to have one that adjusts easier.

Do a search on ebay and narrow it down to your area. I did that and there aren't any currently available but one recently sold for $29. Offices are dumping them because everything is computerized now and no one drafts by hand any more
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My sister works at a television station. Their art department was dumping them. Not only can you try online sources like eBay, but look at your local secondhand office furniture shops. People aren't really crazy about them because they're large and weigh a ton - and face it, not much on looks, either. I wouldn't take anything for mine, tho.

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I use an A1 adjustable drafting table with parallel rule, Norm. Its useful also for cutting mounts.

There is one disadvantage though - I haven't much room in my "studio" and so my table has also to hold my pallets, water botle, brushers etc etc, ans it is tilted to the optimum 5-10 degrees, things tend to roll down the surface.

Here's my "midden":


If you have an adjacent flat surface to put your equipment on then go for it!

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