Adjusting and Using a Drafting Table

What You'll Need
Drafting table
Drafting paper
Drafting tape or magnets

A drafting table is something that every sketch artist, drafter, architect should have as part of their tools and work surfaces. A drafting table is really just a work table with an adjustable top. It gives the person using it the ability to change how high or how low the top is in relation to where they are and how they intend to work. Drafting tables come with all sorts of different bells and whistles. You can purchase a drafting table that has lights, storage solutions and clear glass work areas. Here are a few ways you can adjust and use your drafting table for business or pleasure.

Step 1 - Review Manufacturer's Directions

Pull out the manufacturer's directions and review all the parts and components associated with your specific drafting table. Each table is a little different and each table has several moving parts that will give you an ability to adjust it for your specific use.

Step 2 - Adjust the Leg Height

Your drafting table probably has a set of turning knobs. The knobs are located on either the front legs or on the base of the table. Unscrew the knobs with your fingers. Once they are loose enough you will be able to adjust the height of the legs. Once you have the height at the right spot, screw the turning knobs back in tightly.

Step 3 - Adjust the Drawing Height

Once again, unscrew the knobs. Pull up on the drawing table until you have reached a comfortable height for the main portion of your projecting. Screw the knobs back in tightly. Place the knobs in the lock position.

Step 4 - Adjust the Table's Angle

Each drafting table can be adjusted for the angle on the table. You usually can find a set of knobs somewhere at the top of either the front or the back legs of the table. Unscrew the knobs and angle the table until you have achieved the right surface angle. Re-tighten the knobs in place.

Step 5 - Securing the Drafting Paper

You can secure drafting paper either by using drafting tape, drafting dots or magnets (if the surface of your table is magnetized). This will make sure your paper stays in one spot while you draft.

Step 6 - Test Out Your Adjustments

Before you begin to work on your project, it is important you test out the adjustments you have made. Sit down on your chair and roll up to the drafting table. Hold a pencil or other writing instrument and make sure you feel comfortable. Adjust the lighting in and around the table if necessary.

Stand up and give the table a little shake and a twist. Make sure all of the connections are sturdy enough to withstand the pressure of your hands and arms as you draft away.