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The fabulous sculptor Carl Wright (plus an all around great guy) offers these instructions for constructing your very own drafting table. If you’ve checked prices lately, drafting tables are going for a pretty penny for the tried and true authentic wood versions. Plastic laminates and veneers can be found saturating the market, but these DO NOT LAST. So Carl understood perfectly what I was trying to accomplish with my search for a sturdy and stable drafting table (you may want to visit a history of my drafting-table-search-saga here). The Wright Drafting table is quite the workhorse. Carl’s abused and neglected his for about 25 years and it still functions. Now, a great guy and a visionary sculptor all wrapped up in one is hard to find, so I want to start out by giving you Carl Wright’s contact information (hey, did anyone else notice Wright as in Frank Lloyd! I never did ask Carl!!!) Maybe construction is in his genes. :)
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All measurements approximate.
Overall table is 36” deep x 60” long x 36” tall – height can change if you are shorter than 6’ tall.
Table top: 3’ x 5’ x ¾” thick; ¾” x 2” strip underneath perimeter of drafting table. 2 pcs 2” x 36”; 2 pcs 2″ 56″
Bottom: Legs are “L” shaped when seen in cross-section. Each leg is 2 ¾” x 2 ¾” x 35” tall.
Apron: Apron is finished size of 26” x 53”. Apron is where the top of the logs connect to.
2 pcs ¾” x 3 ½” x 26”
2 pcs ¾” x 3 ½” x 51.5”
Back Brace: ¾” x 2 ½” x 53”
Side Braces: 2 pcs ¾” 2 ½” x 26”
Adjustable Table Support: (to incline table) – ¾” x 2 ½” x 10”. With holes drilled every 1 ½”.
Foot Rest Front Brace: Hardwood with rounded edges. Not plywood because plywood bends when you put feet on it.
¾” x 1 ½” x 53”
Other: About 1 ¼ sheets of plywood, bunch of bolts, washers & nuts.
Table is assembled with nuts, bolts & washers, so it can be easily disassembled & moved. Drawer dimensions can be added later if required. The example shown is a table Carl actually bought about 25 years ago when drafting tables were being replaced with computers. It was a commercial grade table that was rented out with a draftsman for places like Singer (the defense firm) etc.