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"Great finds" or "Working with wood"

Every so often I have been going to Craigslist looking at drafting tables. True, I have an animation desk and it's great for animation but it can make regular drawing...specifically drawing comics difficult since I have to negotiate around the disk.

So yes, have been wanting a good drawing table. Yesterday I noted one for a song. I figured it was probably a piece of crap but since it was close to my sisters, I figured while I was down there I might as well go take a look at it.

The lady of the house seemed harried and distracted with a slew of drooly kids but pleased when I asked to see the drafting table.

"Oh, I've wanted to get rid of it. I thought the kids would maybe draw on it but they weren't interested. She'd acquired it with the house, she knew nothing of its history. It's just taking up space."

She opened up the garage and I immediately opened up my wallet.

It was obviously hand crafted by someone who knew what they were doing. It reminded me of something my grandfather might have built. It was STURDY, rugged, well made, though not especially beautiful and made well enough to function. The wood wasn't sanded or varnished or anything "finished." They just made a well working drafting table...and then called it GOOD enough. Just like my grandpa. Just like my dad.

This impression was even more reinforced as it became apparent I would have to unscrew the thing in order to get it to fit into Friday.

Even with all the screws in the base out it still stood there just as strong and sturdy as before. I felt bad about doing it and wrapped the parts I would have to hit in a towel so it wouldn't damage the wood and finally had to knock some pieces apart with a sledgehammer.

Today I took the pieces of the base and the tabletop to my folks house so my dad could please router the edges. I opened up the back of my car and showed my parents and they both mildly flipped out.

"That's OAK."

As we worked on it my dad told me I had at least a hundred bucks worth of lumber in this drafting table. I am planning on sanding it and putting a fruitwood oil stain on it before I put it all back together.

And what did I pay for this gorgeous, handmade, beautifully crafted, oak drafting table?



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 5th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Awesome find! Congrats!
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm all EEEEEE!!!
Aug. 5th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)

I love good wood furniture.
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
ME too! Most of my furniture has come cherry picked from various thrift stores. Lisa is in the process of refinishing a nightstand I got at a thrift shop for like 10 bucks.
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Sometimes things flow from people who do not care for them to people who do. That's when the universe has grace.
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
I agree. I did tell her it's going to a good home.

Aug. 5th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Sweet find!
Aug. 5th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
It was obviously waiting for you. So happy you've found each other :-)
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
::dumbfounded:: fif...teen...dollars?!
Holy cats! What a fabulous find. It truly was waiting for you!
Aug. 6th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I know! And now with the sanding and the oil stain I am all a drool over this magnificent table.

Sometimes the universe loves me.
Aug. 7th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I too have an oak drafting table but it's not all hand-crafty and cool like yours. That doesn't stop me from never giving it up though. I loves it!!!!

I revert back to hand drafting every once in a while and it always makes my soul emit a happy hummmm.
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