Magazine, Arts & Crafts

How to make a drawing table?

Today we are going to tell you how you can make your own drawing table. Some people call it a drafting table. It can be used for various purposes.


  • Frame section: 21 x 47 mm (2.4 ml)
  • Strip 21 x 21 mm (0.80 ml)
  • Strip 34 x 34 mm (0.65 ml)
  • Latte 34 x 12 mm (0.6 ml)
  • Round profile Ø15mm (0.8 ml)
  • Plywood plate 500 x 750 x 18 mm
  • Hardware (handle, cleat, screw)


We cut all the wood

You don’t need a lot of wood to make this drawing table. Refer to the plans to be able to charge the whole.  

Frame assembly

Since I screw on the ends of my lengths, I pre-drill before screwing to prevent the wood from bursting.

Installation of brackets

These small brackets will solidify the frame and ensure perfect squaring.

A support strip

To prevent our board or drawing sheet from slipping, we come to fix a small batten at the bottom of the plywood tray. To avoid having visible screws, we will screw the strip from the plywood, taking care to pre-drill before.

The drawing table takes shape

now that the frame is finished, and that the tray is ready, we will assemble them using two hinges. Refer to the plans to position them correctly.  

At this stage, the drawing table opens and closes; it only remains for us to install a system to maintain it at the desired inclination.

The tilt system

We will start by setting up a 34 x 34 mm strip, which will serve as support for the mechanisms.

The system is straightforward. Two small 25 cm slats are prepared, which are drilled at both ends; a small hole, then a big mess. The large hole will receive the round profile and the small hole a “hinge” screw.

The assembly is fixed on the large batten without over-tightening the “hinge screw” to leave the joint free. I use a screw that is not threaded to the end of this assembly. In this way, the slat can pivot around the screw without unscrewing it.

Notches for my drawing board

To spot the notches, it’s straightforward. Tilt the table until you like the working angle. Make a mark at the chosen location, then draw a notch to finally be able to charge it. For my part, I made three notches for different inclinations and a fourth so that my round profile fits well in the frame when the table is in the closed position.

We identify different inclinations.

We cut the sides of the notches.

And we finish cutting the notches with a wood chisel.

Installation of hardware

To make your drawing table even more practical, it will be useful to install a small latch to keep it in the closed position when you move it, as well as a short handle!

Good luck with the creation of your drawing table and do not hesitate to leave a comment at the bottom of this page to give us your impressions. 

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