Subtraction Midterm: Drafting Stand

Getting Bent out of Shape

This semester I’m taking an architectural drawing class in the Art History/Urban Design department. I’ve spent more than a few weekend nights awkwardly hunched over a small, low table sketching and drafting. If I felt like I was suffering for my art at first, after a few weeks of painfully unfolding myself after a drafting session, I’m now cured of that psychosis.

I needed a permanent solution. This midterm provided me with a perfect opportunity to avoid spending money I don’t have on a drafting table I may never use after this semester.


I didn’t have the material (or space in my apartment) for a fully upright drafting table design. Instead I decided to use what material I did have + my kitchen/crafts table to get the job done.

I designed a break-down-able stand that would fit on top of the kitchen table.

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The inset distance at the bottom (denoted with a 20″) is what sits on the top of the kitchen table. The tabs that drop below that rest on the folded down leaves of the table.


The design went through several iterations as I worked on building something robust enough for continued usage and…would fit onto the one sheet of plywood that I had at my disposal.

3D Modeling

Just for kicks I decided to 3D model the design in Rhino. These  aren’t strictly accurate. They were just to push myself to make the model and for a view of the object in digital space.

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I broke the CNC processes into individual parts (stands, struts, and holder) just in case something went wrong. I kept the origin point the same on all of the paths while creating them in MasterCam and when I set up the CNC machine. I had measured exactly how each cut would fit on the material, so I needed the CNC to be measuring from the same origin each time.

Finished Project

…coming soon to another post near you…