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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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Lightweight and useful. Some warped, metal v.thin.
By Ms. R.
Comments about Helix Metal Edge Drawing Boards:
I bought these boards for our 7th grade perspective drawing class as I had used this product in another 7th grade class years ago and at another school. The metal strip on the two sides where the t-square slides is very thin and lightweight with ragged edges. Some boards are warped and do not rest completely flat on the desk. At the going price I do expect higher quality and with school budgets a more expensive version is out of the question.
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very handy for on the go art
from Ft. Worth TEXAS
this is a great board for sketching and watercolor..light and easy to transport..i put a very thin varnish on mine for the watercolor use
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
By Artist DB
from Bellevue, WA
Exterior surface is coming unglued.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to let us know that the board you received was defective. One of our Customer Care Representatives will be in touch to assist you, and we do apologize for the inconvenience.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
So Far So Good!
By Karen F
from Stoneham, MA
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.
(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.
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 4 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.
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