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Alvin's Ensign Drafting Table is a practical, convenient, and functional addition to your studio.
It is adjustable in pitch or height with the manipulation of an easy-to-use, extendible lever. The white Melamine® top adjusts from 0° to 90°, and the height of the board adjusts from 35" to 47".
Traction springs help to regulate balance and adjustments. A double pedestal base made of heavy-gauge steel keeps everything stable.
The base is available in white or black finishes. Assembly is required.
® Alvin is a registered trademark.
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Nice product with some design updates
from Boston, MA
Comments about Alvin Ensign Drafting Table:
I would rate this product at 4 and a half stars if I could as overall I think this is an excellent product and I have only minor objections. I purchased the Alvin Ensign table with the 36x48" top in January 2015. The set up and adjustment instructions were clear, the procedure straightforward and took less than an hour. The product comes with a 17 mm open end wrench to adjust the lift-strength. I would definitely suggest using a socket wrench with a short extension as the adjustment nut is recessed and would difficult to turn with the provided wrench. As of this writing I have not used the table extensively and therefore cannot attest to how well it will hold up over time but I don't anticipate that there should be any problems. Visually, in my opinion, the table would not fit into the category of slick beautiful office furniture but it is a simple straightforward design and not objectionable. The white paint is a little harsh (a little too blue). I would have preferred a softer white such as used by Apple Computers or the Elfa shelving systems. The adjustment procedure is an elegant concept and the mechanism works very well. The table is quite sturdy and does not give when leaning on the edge. There is a slight lateral jiggle but I don't find it a big problem. If this gets worse over time I may choose to cross brace the frame with some light steel cable and turnbuckles. The current model that was shipped to me is slightly different from the image depicted online. The brake lever is under the table top on the right edge which makes it easily accessible but not in a place where it is likely to be bumped and released unintentionally. When researching this product I found a lack of dimensional information. I'm providing some approximate dimensions here that may be useful in determining whether this product is appropriate for your purposes. These dimensions are based on the 36"x48" top and thus some of them will be different with the smaller top. In the horizontal orientation the table top can be adjusted from 37 ½" to 46" above the floor. In the vertical orientation the top edge of the board can be adjusted from 48" – 69" above the floor. With the table set at a 25 degree angle the front edge is 29" above the floor. It would be ideal if the table went an inch or two lower, but even as it is I think one would be comfortable drafting when sitting in a low (20") seat or standing. Overall, a very nice product that I would recommend to others. Shop for the best price and lowest shipping cost.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Watch out for that lever!
from fairfield, NJ
Great table except for one thing....a way to LOCK THAT lever that tilts the table....get up fast and move to your right- hit that lever and everything spills onto the floor. Wish there was a way to lock it..may have to drill under the table to put a u-clamp on it.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sturdy, Easily adjusted
Very sturdy drawing table. It is extremely easy to change the tilt and height with the adjustment arm. Excellent smooth surface. Being able to adjust the desk surface perpendicular to the floor allows it to be stored and use very little space. It also easily flips to a horizontal surface with varying height for a versatile drawing and work surface. I love how easy this table is to adjust--Outstanding design!
(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
I would buy this table again.
from Rock Hill, SC
I have outfitted my table with a parallel bar, a side tray, and pencil holder at the bottom. I also placed 2-7 drawer plastic roll around storage cabinets on both sides. This set up allows me to both store and work on just about anything. The biggest plus is the ease of raising and tilting of the table top. This comes in handy for standing or sitting while working. The table is very stable, no movement while working, which makes line drawing much easier. It's compact foot space for working and when storing makes it an ideal item for those of us with space issues.
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