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Ideal for art and craft projects of all kinds, these drawing boards from Helix are very lightweight and portable, making them great for classroom settings, studios, and for tucking into portfolios and backpacks.
Available in a variety of sizes, they feature a smooth, sanded surface and a honeycomb core. Two sides have imbedded metal edges for use with a T-square. This reinforcement also prevents the board from warping. All of the edges are sanded smooth.
These drawing boards measure 5/8" thick.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
So Far So Good!
By Karen F
from Stoneham, MA
Comments about Helix Metal Edge Drawing Boards:
I saw other reviews and started to hesitate. I went to the local Blick store to look at and picked up directly so I could pick and choose. I now have two - one for each class. So far they have been awesome! No issues for me to complain about and they are light weight compared to the others that I held. I'm also able to leave them at school which is a plus. I needed the 20x24 for 18x24 paper so I could tape it to the board with room to spare; again - no issues. I will re-review after I have used it a few semesters.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
I Do Not Recommend
from New York, NY
I ordered the large 24" x 36" Helix Drawing Board online so that I wouldn't have to carry it to my apartment since I live in New York City. When I took the plastic off, I realized that it is a very poorly constructed item, and one side of the board was coming apart and revealing the interior honeycomb core. I will be returning it to a Blick store for a refund.Although I didn't actually use the product, seeing it in person was enough for me to realize that it is poor quality and not worth the price. The surface is so rough that I imagine if drawn on with thin paper the wood texture would show through in the drawing. The only positive thing I can say about it is that it's very lightweight for the size, as listed in the description.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Warped after a week
I have used this board as a means to do large typographic work on big pieces of drawing paper. It has been in my locker at my university the entire time. Just today, after just using it two days prior, it has warped. The two opposite corners do not rest on the table at the same time. The description days the metal reinforcement prevents this from happening. It warped in a way that the noon reinforced sides were the problem. It's still useable, sort of, but next time I'm going to a hardware store and getting some cheap piece of plywood. It works just as well.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that your board has warped. If you feel you have received a defective product, please give us a call at 1.800.723.2787. Our Customer Care team is happy to see if we can help in any way.
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
What a Tool!
from San Francisco
I bought 13 Helix Metal Edge Drawing boards for an art program I work with. This is a tool for aspiring artists. it can be used for figure drawing, cartooning, the list goes on! It is a product and I bought it. The bulk discount did allow me to save money. I was able to use those savings to buy more tools for the art program. I don't want to say it was the highlight of my summer.
The best! Lightweight great sturdy painting support. Use with Helix clips, pushpins or clips.
from Cape Cod MA
The surface is not smooth. I am afraid of splinters. If it weren't such a hassle I would send this back. I am trying to find an alternative use for it.
Merchant response: The surface of this board should be smooth and free from splinters, we are sorry to hear that yours was not! Our Customer Care team will be contacting you to see if we can help you with a replacement or refund. You can always reach us at 1.800.723.2787 if you are ever not satisfied with your purchase, or receive an item that is damaged or defective.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
It a very light weight board. Unfortuantly, the surface needed sanding before I could use it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Bad in Quality
from South Portland, ME
The 5 stars reviews were posted in 2011. All the recent reviews after 2013 are 1 star only. Obviously, the quality of this product is dropping. I regret that I never read the review before placing my order. Fortunately, Blick has good customer service. They issued a refund after I emailed them the photo evidence.My first impression is: Poor Quality. The drawing board has minor defect when I received it, where the surface isn't smooth enough and the adhesive tape left residue on the board. Though these are minor defects which can be solved with sand paper, I didn't expected to do extra work after paying that much of money. After exactly one week, I noticed a serious defect. There is an approximately 4" long CRACK with 2mm opening on the side of drawing board, which may get longer and bigger in future. This crack should have been there upon received; but, it maybe still small for me notice it. As a conclusion, this product sell at a high price but doesn't fulfill its promise of durability. I will never buy this product online again since I couldn't examine the product visually, and I will never recommend others to buy it.Nonetheless, I must say that Blick has a great customer service in solving this quality problem.
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Approx. 4" Long Crack Along The Side
Tags: Crack, Bad quality, Picture of Product
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that the board you received was defective. Thank you for contacting our Customer Care team so that we could help. We will share your comments and images with our Product Managers so that this product and our stock is reviewed.
A basic requirement of a metal edge drawing board is that it be squared. This is not by a considerable amount, and Blick will not cover shipping for a return. Unacceptable.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that you are not completely satisfied with the board you received. A member of our Customer Care team will be in contact with you to see if we can help you with a return or exchange.
Helix Metal Edge Drawing Board
Bought the 24" by 36" size...which turned out to be undersized at 25 1/2" by 35 1/2". That's a real annoyance, as the standard paper size is 24" by 36". Now, I have to cut down the drawing paper to make it fit. To make matters worse, the board edge was damaged at two places. Would not buy again.
Merchant response: Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have passed this on to our buyers for review. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, for any reason, you are entitled to a full refund or exchange. Please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-723-2787 for further assistance.
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