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The Drafting Table Is Assembled!

There it is -- the Alvin Craftmaster II drafting table completely assembled and set into place over where the guest chair used to be. The new armchair does slide in neatly under it so when I get settled, I can use it for my computer and type easier too.

I haven't moved my computer over there yet though. I pushed two packages of mat boards behind the table between it and the wall in the space created by the base of the table sticking out beyond the top. Problem is, that blocks off the outlet that's under the table. What I should do is carefully unplug all of my goodies, remove the mat boards from behind the table, plug the power strip in under the table and plug everything in again. That'd leave me plenty of space for art, playing with my computer, spreading out colored pencils or oil pastels and doing anything I want.

I might try to keep it relatively free of permanent stacks till I get used to it though. It does tilt and the ratchet mechanism works very well. I already tested it. Those side trays with their covers rock. I love this table. I'm glad I did this.

I'm also way too tired to start sorting out the stuff and putting it away in all the drawers though. So I think I will sit still and goof off for a while reading, playing Diablo and doing today's daily art and leave the sorting and organizing for tomorrow. This was a massive effort and it worked -- and it does now leave me a good path to the bathroom which is a relief after the whole day of dodging past the chair or going around through the living room, dining room and kitchen.
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Mar. 12th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It looks wonderful.
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Thank you! This was the most physically difficult and interestingly complex assembly I've ever done. Much more complicated than the simple wooden one I assembled back in Chicago -- it came in pieces and parts too but only half a dozen pieces and the bolts went in fast, there wasn't as much careful screwing of little things to the table top to snap things to or hang things in.

I'm happy but tired after spending the whole day screwing around.
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
It looks awesome! I see that setup and think, "I want something like that instead of my current computer desk!" My desk for my desktop is far too large and has surprisingly little storage space, and I've been wanting to get a smaller one as soon as enough space is cleared to move the huge one out and the smaller one in. But a nice cushy chair like that would be awesome, instead of having a plain old computer chair that hurts my back if I sit at it for too long. I have to have the chair too high for my feet to rest flat on the floor like I'm supposed to, because the desk itself it high and I've got short legs. I'm either reaching up to type, or letting my legs dangle down, and neither of those options are good ones. Nor can I lean back or get into a really nice comfortable position.

But something like what you have there, where I can use my laptop comfortably (my desktop's so inconvenient now that it's practically just being used for file storage on the home network), would be ideal. Must remember that for when I redecorate. :D
Mar. 12th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That's interesting. Yours is large but has no storage space? It does sound like something to think about. The armchair slides in under it easily and that armchair was one Kitten found cheap or free a long time ago -- think it was actually a handed-down freebie from someone. You can find them on Freecycle when people move sometimes.

This one we lucked as it's an actual La-Z-Boy and horribly comfortable but then I've been comfortable in every thrift store armchair I've gotten as long as it's sturdy and the arms are padded and the back is high.

Oh I hate high desks that demand you set the chair high to have your feet resting flat on the floor. My legs are short so I wound up with my feet dangling like a kid when I was stuck with that, even on normal chairs. I curl up in the armchair cross legged like I'm not supposed to.

Dangling is not good or healthy, you are right.

And sliding the chair right up under the desk means not having to lean way forward to type on the laptop. It's not that expensive a table, it was total of $186 with the shipping. It would have room for a desktop if I wanted to do that, which I don't.

And of course it has all that space for drawing too! I love those side trays. My old drafting table had one open side tray that cost $36 and got filthy fast after I used it for things like erasers and pencils -- being open, it got dusty and everything in it got dirty fast. This one I might be able to keep clean.

Of course right now today I'm entering the last phase of my Spring Cleaning and slowly putting stuff away as I get up to move around. I got all the books off the end of the bed so far.
Mar. 12th, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's large enough to fit about 3 monitors on the surface, but has only 4 drawers. Two of them are fairly deep, I have to admit, which comes in handy for storaging larger things, but I'd rather have those drawers split up into another 2 each, so that I don't have to dig through things to find what I want. Your desk looks like it has a much greater capability to store things neatly. But for its size, my current desk lacks for storage space unless you place everything on top, and the only way to do that neatly is to buy a separate shelving unit or something. It's a waste of space.

I miss my old computer desk, one that was half the size of my current one but had a nice space for the tower underneath, plus a column of CD holders. No drawers or anything, but it took up about half the space that my current one does, so that left plenty of free room at the side where I could put a shelving unit or bookshelf. But my current desk was a gift from my father, a man who firmly believed that bigger and more expensive automatically equals better.
Mar. 12th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ahh yeah. Deep drawers can sometimes be frustrating that way depending on what you store in them and how. I would probably wind up using the deep drawers for all those magazines I don't have a place for right now. And stack them vertical like file folders.

Now I understand why my table is more appealing -- the little drawers would be enough if what you need is small stuff storage and its top is nice and large with those compartmented trays on the side. I still need to actually move over there, unplug the computer and everything and move the power cord to the other outlet (will take some digging to get at it where it is now and then replug everything.)

Once I do, I think I will be a lot more comfortable, but I'm resting before I even try it. I should probably do it while it's light and easier to see all of what's here though.
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