The 5 Best Drafting Boards

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best drafting boards currently available. 

Updated: July 2, 2019.

Along with a T-square (if the board does not include a straightedge), pencil, and chair, a drafting board is a must-have item for hand drawing as an architect or student.

The following boards use quality materials and a range of adjustments to make sure your drafting board works for you. 

So here is my list of The 10 Best Drafting Boards.

Enjoy!

1. Alvin DPX Series Deluxe Drafting Board (30" x 42")

The Alvin DPX Series Deluxe Drafting Board is equipped with deluxe parallel straightedge and protective board cover for various drawing and drafting applications.

  • Durable phenolic straightedge blade is equipped with clear acrylic inking edge and nylon bearings for smooth motion and even support over entire work surface.

  • Blade remains parallel at all times, gliding smoothly up and down on guide wires.

  • Melamine surface for bump-free drawing.

  • Work surface is protected with a layer of pliable VYCO board cover.

  • Rubber grip tracks underneath allow front of board to overhang the edge of a drafting table up to 8 inches.

  • Compact, folding design for convenient transportation and storage.

  • No assembly required.

  • 30 inch x 42 inch board size. 


2. Martin Adjustable Angle Parallel Drafting Board (24" x 36")

The Martin Adjustable Angle Parallel Drafting Board uses an an aluminum body straightedge for strength, and stability.

  • Equipped with a six-position adjustable stand.

  • Locking device to lock in any angle.

  • Adjustment knobs to align straight-edge with the drawing to maintain parallel line.

  • High resin particle board to prevent board breakage.

  • Includes a 6-position adjustable stand.

  • 24 inch by 36 inch board size.


3. Martin Universal Drafting Board with Parallel Straight Edge (24" x 36")

The Martin Universal Drafting Board with Parallel Straight Edge includes a straightedge with an anti-warp aluminum body.

  • Adjustment knobs on each side, allowing parallel alignment with the drawing.

  • Two ribbed strips under the board that allow the board to sit over the edge of a desk or drafting table.

  • Folding rubber feet under the board for stability.

  • Smooth melamine drawing surface.

  • Includes inking edge on the straightedge.

  • No assembly required.

  • Range of sizes available.


4. Alvin LB118 Drafting Board (24" x 36")

The Alvin LB118 Drafting Board is a simple tabletop ultralight option for a beginner or student.

  • Unfinished wood veneer surfaces.

  • Aluminum side edges.

  • Hollow honeycomb interior.

  • 24 inch x 36 inch board size.

  • Requires a T-square for drafting.


5. Alvin PXB24 PXB Series Drafting Board (18" x 24")

The Alvin PXB24 PXB Series Drafting Board features a straightedge with a cross-wire and pulley system underneath keeps it parallel in any position.

  • Aluminum straightedge with soft, rubber edges for enhanced grip, comfort and control.

  • Clear acrylic blade includes inking edges underneath to minimize smudging.

  • Brake mechanisms on each end of straightedge for secure locking.

  • Top-mounted adjustment knobs on each end of straightedge for fine-tuning.

  • Smooth, melamine surface

  • Rubber-dipped folding metal leg ends to prevent scratching of work surface.

  • 18 inch x 24 inch board size.


I hope this list has been helpful, if I left out a drafting board you think is important, let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading, see also my posts on:

The 10 Best Drafting Pencils

The 25 Best Architect Lamps

The Top 50 Most Essential Architect Supplies

Good luck!

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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