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scottr
12-24-2005, 02:12 AM
I don't know if this is common knowledge, but thought I would share a little 'how-to' on modifying your desk into an 8' long drafting table, for less than $50. Go here (http://websbestcomics1.blogspot.com/2005/12/one-huge-desk.html) to see photos and a brief description.

scottr
12-24-2005, 02:17 AM
Forgot to mention that the super glue is something called 'gorilla glue', it claims to be the strongest glue on Earth. Wear gloves.

ArtisticBlasts
12-24-2005, 03:52 AM
Forgot to mention that the super glue is something called 'gorilla glue', it claims to be the strongest glue on Earth. Wear gloves. Where can I get this GORILLA GLUE? I'm in Indonesia. Can I order it somewhere?

Eric Rabbitsmasher
12-24-2005, 11:31 PM
Gorilla glue ought to be available online from any number of sources - just google it.

Masonite has been the standard el cheapo drawing surface for as long as I can remember - best if you get it cut where you buy it, any lumber store pretty much, the stuff is hard as rock and very smooth. You need to waterproof it though, prlonged contact with wetness or dampness will cause it to blister.

It comes in various thicknesses, 3/8 or even 1/4 you could probobly just screw to a couple of 2x4's, while the 1/8 or 3/16 you could either screw to a door, piece of plywood or waferboard, or use any decent construction adhesive, spread with a 1/16 toothed trowel - most places carry cheap disposable ones.

I picked up a $200 drawing table at a a garage sale for $25, and it's pretty big, like 2 1/2 x 3 feet which is actually pretty good sized, but still too small to really do serious perspective stakeouts - I'm experimenting with movable extension arms, more actual table would just be wasted for me, I hardly ever draw at the one I have, mostly just use it when I ink - seldom at this point.

With a table this size, what I'd have done is glued on a shorter piece of surfacing material, say a foot or so shorter, centered it, then put rubber or cork or something softer at either end - something you could stick a pushpin into for VP's, then get one long-ass ruler.

I did pick up a couple of four foot flourescent fixtures at another garage sale for $5 - I'm gonna make a 4 x 3 lightbox.

D.J. Coffman
12-25-2005, 12:15 PM
You can get Gorilla Glue at Walmart, or Lowes, or any hardware store at all.

It definitly is the strongest glue ever. A door came off it's hinge here, and the holes were stripped-- so i tried the gorilla glue on it, and DAMN, it holds the whole door on!!!! Crazy. Just be carful not to glue yourself into your room! heh.

I also had a showerhead that was installed wrong by the guy we had do the shower, and it was sticking out an inch from the tile, and loose... I was pissed for a year, but used that Gorilla Glue to securely fasten it in.

I love that stuff-- and man, I bought a big bottle, and I only used a TINY amount of it so far.

Justice41
12-25-2005, 08:14 PM
Dude A plain unfinished soft core door would have been the best way to go. They make all kinds of doors of differing sizes. Just go to Lowes and look in the door section. Get an internal closet door. Should run you about 25 bucks tops. From the bottom of your old table just screw the old table to the door and voila a long table of about 7 feet. This way you can push pins into it for far perspectives.
If not you could buy three doors and create a complete desk for yourself.
here's what it would look like. One door for the top one door cut in half for the sides and one door in back between the sides to brace it. You can cut the sides at any angle you want if you want the top to be floating.
http://architectural-illustrations.com/images/draft.jpg

Justice41
06-08-2007, 12:48 PM
Dude A plain unfinished soft core door would have been the best way to go. They make all kinds of doors of differing sizes. Just go to Lowes and look in the door section. Get an internal closet door. Should run you about 25 bucks tops. From the bottom of your old table just screw the old table to the door and voila a long table of about 7 feet. This way you can push pins into it for far perspectives.
If not you could buy three doors and create a complete desk for yourself.
here's what it would look like. One door for the top one door cut in half for the sides and one door in back between the sides to brace it. You can cut the sides at any angle you want if you want the top to be floating.
http://www.architecturalartz.com/images/draftingtable.jpg
why do i have to quote my own posts?

Phatman
06-08-2007, 01:07 PM
That's a great idea J41. I'm going to build one of those.

Kep!
06-08-2007, 01:32 PM
Anyone in Chicago can have my monstrous drafting board for a song if they come and pick it up...I'm not moving the damn thing, it's TOO big for me!

shushubag
06-08-2007, 06:15 PM
I guess you can buy a smaller sized door. That's a great idea but it's too big big for my tiny house.

Multisync143
06-08-2007, 06:20 PM
"With no doorknob hole" if you leave it in you can have a cup holder.

Ravencore
06-08-2007, 06:32 PM
LOL cup holder thats actually a brilliant ass idea.

wisper
06-09-2007, 02:03 AM
I have a home depot one 8ft. long screwed to the wall with fancy victorian wood fence post shortened to hold up the one side. I use it as a office table. but I draw on it all the time.
http://cgi.ebay.com/6-FOOT-MESA-VERDE-COUNTER-TOP-ENDCAP-KIT-GREEN-TEAL_W0QQitemZ320123940905QQihZ011QQcategoryZ3202Q QrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

jakebilbao
06-13-2007, 01:48 AM
i had this made for less than $20 :) honestly! :)
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image000.jpg
http://i173.photobucket.com/albums/w73/jakebilbao1/Image002.jpg
well it's not yet finished, i would like to attach a formica material on top so it would be smoother. the material goes for $10 so that makes it $30 :)

hellblazer72
06-15-2007, 12:52 AM
hey jake how did you make the t-square ?...i like the fact that it goes all the way across the board..

Lord Fejj
06-15-2007, 12:58 AM
Attach it to the wall studs with hinges and put folding legs on the front, and you can fold it down against the wall when your not using it.

Justice41
06-15-2007, 01:12 AM
hey jake how did you make the t-square ?...i like the fact that it goes all the way across the board..
That's a Parallel Ruler. you can pick one up here. http://www.dataprint.com/shopping/?g1=Drafting%20Supplies&g2=Parallel%20Straightedges%20and%20Accessories&g3=Para-Liner%20Mobile%20Parallel%20Straightedges
Been using them for decades.

jakebilbao
06-15-2007, 01:55 AM
hey jake how did you make the t-square ?...i like the fact that it goes all the way across the board..

hi hell blazer,

what justice41 said. :)

shushubag
06-15-2007, 05:13 AM
hi hell blazer,

what justice41 said. :)

So how did you do it for 20 bucks?

The link juctice left said the straight edge costs over a hundred bucks.

Kep!
06-15-2007, 08:54 AM
Stikll available in Chicago if anyone wants it drop me a note.

Justice41
06-15-2007, 09:13 AM
So how did you do it for 20 bucks?

The link juctice left said the straight edge costs over a hundred bucks.
It's a worthwhile investment. You get a set of Triangles and a 3' and 5' piece of 3 1/2 inch plexiglass and you have a set up for doing large scale renderings or small scale comic art. See this Rendering of a resort in Puerto Rico? It was a huge drawing. about 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall. You cannot do this kind of drawing without the setup i described.
http://www.architecturalartz.com/images/hb_10000.jpg
http://www.architecturalartz.com/images/hb_10022.jpg

Justice41
06-15-2007, 09:28 AM
Hell If I usd a normal drafting Table i wouldn't be able to draw renderings or even paint them at this size. This is of the same place in Puerto Rico. The Vanderbilt Mansion/Hotel.
This was over four feet long and 21/2 feet tall. Same as the watercolor.
http://www.architecturalartz.com/images/Vanderbilt.jpg

josephrey
06-15-2007, 10:05 AM
careful with the gorilla glue, and use it sparingly. it tends to expand into a rock solid foamy froth as it dries, and usually squeezes out from whatever you're gluing together.

clamping the pieces together is a good idea too, as the glue may push them apart.





i pity the next plumber, DJ.

:)




and great renderings, j41.

jakebilbao
06-15-2007, 10:21 AM
So how did you do it for 20 bucks?

The link juctice left said the straight edge costs over a hundred bucks.
the table only cost me $20 when converted from philippine peso. i just bought the marine plywood for less than $20 and had it built by our carpenter who was just hammering campaign signs when my dad ran for office in our town three years ago. :) we got the base from some old wood that was just lying around in our farm :)

wow! a hundred bucks?!!!!!! i could try and buy some here and sell it over the web! :laugh: :laugh: i could make a fortune! lol :laugh:

i only got my parallel ruler for less than $20 at an architectural supply store in manila. :) i think if you add a few more dollars, you could have the longer one. :)

Justice41
06-15-2007, 10:46 AM
I have a friend from the Philippines who's an Architect. Glenn Santayana. I tried getting him into inking comics. The man's good. He came with a weird little device called a Chinese T-Square. Ever heard of it? It's really cool for doing perspectives that would have VP's hundreds of feet off the drawing board. If anyone is interested I can draw up a design and try to explain how it works but It took me watching Glenn use it to get what he was saying. In fact here's Glenns website. Maybe I can hit him up for some work.
http://www.santayanadesign.com/index-portfolio.html

jakebilbao
06-15-2007, 10:54 AM
wow, really? could you draw it or something, i'll look it up and ask around our architecture school here about it. that is very interesting. :)

sorry i don't know glenn. when i checked on how to contact him, it stated that he resides in FL.(is that florida?)

i'll ask Gerry Alanguilan if he knows anything about this chinese t-square :)

Justice41
06-15-2007, 11:08 AM
Yeah we are in South Florida. I'll try to get a detailed design and description up soon. It was made out of thin wood from the Philippines.

jakebilbao
06-15-2007, 11:14 AM
wow, thanks that would be great. :)