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Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

Posted by nabq (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 15, 13 at 13:09

Hi, I used to have a gorgeous Hamilton drafting table that looked like this: http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_item_detail.php?id=490882 . It got lost in a move, and I haven't been able to find another one I can afford, but I did find a similar one, of a cheaper make, that has a beat up pine top. A friend is helping me make a new top from maple, but we're not sure how the original would have been finished. I need a very smooth, not too glossy surface, to be able to do the kind of work I need to do on it. My friend suggests coats of water-based polyurethane finish with lots of sanding in between. Does that sound about right? Would the original tables from the 50's and 60's have been finished with an oil-based varnish? Any tips or suggestions would be most appreciated. Thanks.


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RE: Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

Well, back in the day when I was an actual draftsman, we used a kind of vinyl top. We were making engineering drawings.

Here is a link that might be useful: table cover


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RE: Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

Thanks, Joeboldt. I've seen a bunch of tables with the vinyl tops put on, but I want to finish the wood in whatever way the Hamilton Co. used to.


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RE: Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

Varnish.

Rock Hard table top is still available from Behlan's


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RE: Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

My dads table had a mica top, not sure if it was original or not. He never left anything alone so......


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RE: Any tips on finishing a Hamilton-style drafting table top?

" mica top"

Mica or Formica?

Mica rarely comes in sheets large enough or smooth enough to cover a drafting table.


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