Bought a drafting table yesterday

I bought a drafting table yesterday out of this guy’s garage over by Lake Irving for $50. I’ve been looking for drafting tables on CraigsList for months, and have even made contact on a couple of them. But the prices of the tables quickly became not so reasonable when factoring in the $75 in gas and day trip with a borrowed pickup that would be required just to go to Minneapolis and pick something up. The closest table I found that I liked was in Fargo – two and a half hours from here – and even that wasn’t what I was looking for. It was just a nice table. What I really wanted was something like this – a wooden table with storage drawers on the side – and I’ve found a few. But they’ve all been in Minneapolis.

Yesterday I found out there was a drafting table in the classifieds in our local paper, for $50. I called on it, went to check it out, and bought it on the spot.

It also isn’t really what I wanted; it’s just a collapsible red steel frame with a 4-foot-by-3-foot melamine top. I can adjust the angle of the table, etc., but that’s about it. It’s as bare bones as they come, but it’s very sturdy – it probably weighs 60-80 pounds or so. I have no storage for materials, and no work area for pencils or markers or source material or anything like that. It also needs a new top – the previous owner put a vinyl cover on it, which is great, but that cover had been written on with markers by whatever little girls were using it as their art station.

I’ll need to do some work on the top, either completely replacing the top or buying a new replacement cover (new covers are about 38 bucks). I’ll also need to hunt for a clip-on work light that’ll stay in place when I tilt the table surface (I currently have a flat-sitting desk lamp), and I may also hunt for a v-track drafting machine or a floating drafting arm. But mostly I just need to get the top fixed.

I’m glad I finally have a proper drawing table. Now I just need to revamp my work area (again) to accommodate it. I’ll post some pictures once I get everything set up.

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