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post #1 of 4 Old 05-05-2008, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, ambitious project for a newbie

Hello Everyone,
I have to start by saying this is a wonderful forum, i've been doing a ton of reading and there's an immense amount of info here. The wealth of knowledge and the readiness to share it is so amazing.

Well, I a newbie to woodworking. I've been wanting to start for years and now that i have my own home and a garage though small, i can finally get started in earnest. There are probably a number of first projects i should do (like a proper workbench) but I decided to try and make a drafting table.

This is something i came up with though i probably saw something like it sometime or another. I could use some help on the design. Sorry for not including the dimensions, haven't learned how to add it to the drawing. it took me a week just learn SketchUp and draw this up. it will be approx. 36" tall and have a glass top (not shown).
The table top (in green) is meant to be tilted down between 0,5 or 10 deg. from level.

There is 1 x 3, 4, or 6 stock poplar or red oak at Home Depot here. I designed it using lap joints for the upright supports and where the table top meets the support. Does any know if this will be strong enough (drafting table 2a.jpg)?

I have a bunch more questions but it seems to me that this maybe the most important one as i might have to redesign the whole thing.

thanks,
John
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couple of more pictures

couple of different angles. Gotta say, i'm loving SketchUp. It can be frustrating thinking 3D on a 2D medium but this is a damn handy tool for design
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Hello.

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Welcome to the site jcng722!
Looks like it would be strong enough to me. I would use glue and screws to assemble. Will the support brace have adjustable stops for adjusting the top?

Did you say tool sale?
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