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. 

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

I am sure you will find a the best drafting board below to help you bring out your best work.

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

Enjoy!

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

Portable drawing board equipped with deluxe parallel straightedge and protective board cover for various drawing and drafting applications. Perfect solution for students or professionals who require a precision drawing tool, but lack the space for an art or drafting table.

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.

Smooth Melamine surface for bump-free drawing. Particle board substrate for strength and durability. Work surface is protected with a layer of pliable VYCO board cover.

Folding metal legs are set at an angle to prevent accidental collapse and include rubber-dipped ends to prevent scratching. Board can be used in the elevated or flat position.

Rubber grip tracks underneath allow front of board to overhang a table edge up to 8 inches . This increases the working angle and brings the drawing surface closer to the user.

Compact, folding design for convenient transportation and storage. No assembly required. Ready to use.

30 inches x 42 inches board size. 


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

  • The only parallel straightedge board utilizing an anti-warp aluminum body straightedge for strength and stability
  • Equipped with a six-position adjustable stand
  • Locking device to lock in any angle that you would like to draw
  • Each side of the unit has large knobs for adjusting the straight-edge to align with the artwork/drawing and stay parallel
  • High resin particle board to prevent board breakage

The Martin pro-draft parallel straightedge kit is the premier item in its class. The only Parallel Straightedge Board utilizing an Anti-warp Aluminum body straightedge for strength, and stability. Each side of the unit has large knobs for adjusting the straight-edge to align with the artwork/drawing and stay parallel. Equipped with a 6-position Adjustable stand; Board size; 24-inch by 36-inch.


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

  • Incredibly strong, lightweight board
  • White melamine drawing surface
  • No assembly required

The Martin Universal Drawing Board with Parallel Straight Edge is ready to help you achieve professional results from your work. This sturdy but lightweight board includes a straightedge with an anti-warp aluminum body.

The parallelogram technology ensures accuracy and eliminates the need for an acrylic straightedge or T-square. The straightedge has an inking edge plus large knobs on each side for adjusting the angle while still allowing parallel alignment with the artwork or drawing. Beneath the board are two ribbed strips that permit the user to position the board over the edge of a desk or table without the chance of slippage. In this manner, the board can also be positioned in the user's lap.

There are two folding rubber feet under the board for added stability, and a comfortable handle is attached for easy carrying. With exceptional design and strength, this board will provide many years of accurate and helpful use. Incredibly strong, lightweight board.

White melamine drawing surface. No assembly required. Many sizes available.


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

  • Ultralight boards
  • Unfinished wood veneer surfaces
  • Aluminum side edges
  • Hollow honeycomb interior
  • 24 inches x 36 inches

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

  • Metal side brackets
  • Aluminum straightedge
  • Rubberized grip
  • Inking edge
  • Smudge-free

Professional-quality portable 18 inches x 24 inches drawing and drafting board with built-in parallel straightedge for all kinds of creative and technical applications. Perfect for students and those who need an accurate drawing surface but don’t have the space for a full-size drafting table. Fully assembled!

Aluminum straightedge with soft, rubber edges for enhanced grip, comfort and control. Straightedge glides smoothly up and down the board while the cross-wire and pulley system underneath keeps it parallel in any position. Crystal clear acrylic blade is 0.12 inches thick and includes inking edges underneath to minimize smudging.

Blade clearance is 3/16 inches for use with foam board, cutting mats, and more. Straightedge has brake mechanisms on each end for secure, positive locking in any location on the board. Large brake knobs include rubber grips for comfort. Straightedge has top-mounted adjustment knobs on each end for fine-tuning parallelism. Especially useful when reinserting a drawing on the board for additional work. Smooth, white Melamine surface for bump-free drawing. Particle board substrate is 0.63 inches thick for strength and durability. Folding metal legs are set at an angle to prevent accidental collapse and include rubber-dipped ends to prevent scratching. PXB24 has 3 inches legs.

Boards can be used in the elevated or flat position. Rubber grip tracks underneath allow front of board to overhang a table edge up to 8 inches . This increases the working angle and brings the drawing surface closer to the user.

Compact, folding design for convenient transportation and storage. No assembly required. Ready to use. Drawing board is CARB compliant and all components are phthalate and lead-free.


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.

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

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