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Drawing Board

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by tigerfan00, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Feb 14, 2012 at 3:07 AM
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    tigerfan00

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    So I've had this drawing board for a few years...I snagged it when my mom quit doing graphic design...it's in great shape and has now become my work table in my apartment for things I dont feel like doing in the garage...such as gun cleaning etc

    The problem is that the surface of it needs to be covered...lots of old cuts and glue etc from back in the day and it's no longer as smooth as I'd like

    Anyone have suggestions for a new surface? Requirements being non-porous and somewhat hard so i can write against it if necessary...even better if it has white-board capabilities

    I want no seams, so it'll need to be a 30"x42" sheet of something

    Plywood is out because it's too rough and porous...and thick and heavy
     
  2. Feb 14, 2012 at 3:58 AM
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    You can buy Dry Erase board.. usually about a 1/4" thick, gloss white surface and you can write on it with dry erase markers.
     
  3. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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    good to know that is an option

    I was thinking a good thin laminate (like flooring or countertop) would work well
     
  4. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:02 AM
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    You can also apply dry erase laminate over top of whatever you decide to use to make it into a writable surface.
     
  5. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:06 AM
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    They make dry erase laminate? because that would be perfect!

    The only reason i'm refinishing it is because of the old cuts and glue all over it...and it's ugly
     
  6. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:09 AM
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    It's a clear vinyl laminate.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:12 AM
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    interesting

    can I buy this at lowes? approx. how much $ per sq ft am I looking at?
     
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    Probably not but I've never been to Lowe's. If you have any Sign shops in your area they should have it. To be clear this is a laminate you apply the same as a vinyl decal over top of what ever you decide to recover your table with.
     
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    Could I not just apply this over the current table top if I scrape/sand all the glue spots etc?
     
  10. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:21 AM
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    Sure, if it's smooth you wouldn't have a problem. It's basically just a big clear sticker.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:23 AM
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    you should get a thin layer of steel or some kind of metal so you won't have to worry about gouges/slices in the future. you could also clean with different chemicals/scrape with a razor and not have to worry about damaging it.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:27 AM
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    I'm just concerned about the durability of it...i may just skip the being able to write on it part for something like this VVV

    good idea...i'll have to look into finding some decent looking thin sheet and someone to cut it for me




    The only thing is I think steel would clash with my living room :anonymous: (says the guy who is building a work bench FOR his living room
     
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    just get a sheet of hardboard at your local building supply / home center store... that should hold up plenty good..
     
  14. Feb 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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    Get a piece of 3/4" cabinet grade plywood. Roundover the edges with a router or sander. Stain it if you'd like, Then apply some of that liquid glass epoxy resin they use on bar tops.
     
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    This is a good idea. If you want, put a dry erase section across the back or along one of the sides so you could jot notes while you work but not be working on the dry erase board.

    If you like the wood look, get whatever wood you prefer and put a piece of plexiglass on the top. That works as a dry erase surface, will take a beating (might have to be replaced in a couple years) and allows you to replace the top piece of plexi and not have to refinish the wood below.
     
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    Other than the 3/4 plywood, I like this idea best

    I'm betting I can write on that resin too


    I'll go with a little bit thinner plywood though...probably find something in the 1/4 area because the table top is already 3/4 thick and I don't want to make it more of a pain to move around
     
  18. Feb 15, 2012 at 5:41 AM
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    Well when I said 3/4 ply I meant replacing the tabletop entirely with a new one. Sure, you could veneer a sheet of 1/4" ply to the existing top. Just use some contact cement on both surfaces and make sure the existing top is clean and free of debris and oils or residues to ensure the glue sticks.


    ...Still waiting on someone to make a "back to the drawing board" comment when the time is right.
     
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    1/16" thick stainless sheet would be nice.

    not cheap though Im guessing.
     
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