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Koh-I-Noor's Portable Drawing Board is the versatile drawing board for the office worker, the free-lance designer, the outdoor artist doing perspective drawing, the architect or engineer on location, and many others.
It's constructed almost entirely of feather-light plastic that is durable enough to withstand compass point and continuous use. This drawing board easily fits on a desk, table, or lap.
Features include a paper clamp on the lower right, a paper clamp/scale on left, an automatic locking straightedge with push-button release, guide rails on all four edges for holding the straightedge in either direction, and a vinyl carrying case with handle. Holds paper up to 11" × 17" (28 cm × 43 cm). Use it with or without the optional Koh-I-Noor Drawing Head.
The graduated protractor head locks at any desired angle with automatic settings in 15° increments. Constructed almost completely with plastic parts, it glides across the straightedge quickly and easily, except when the brake mechanism is used, making work like repetitive crosshatching and parallel line drawing quick and easy. Smoke colored.
3 lbs, 10 oz
® Koh-I-Noor is a registered trademark.
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It s great
from Three rivers, Ma.
Comments about Koh-I-Noor Portable Drawing Board and Head:
I m a retired toolmaker and tool engineer, I started my training on a large drawing board and drawing machine. I finished on a cad system. I now build Flintlock guns from the 1700s to early 1800s. I make patterns for carvings and engravings then transfer them to the guns. Most of this is done free hand but some can be drawn with the machine, I have a large board but over the years it has become a catch all. I now have cleared a small area for this portable board on the large and it works great.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I would buy this product again
I worked as a draftsman at Boeing in the early 60's and I still enjoy using my skills with this board for projects around the home. Very nice.
from Mad. Me.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Golden Ratio of Drawing Tools
By Desert Dwelling Artisan
from Phoenix, AZ
Easy and fun to use. Lightweight but strong material. Versatile for my engineering drawings and colored pencil art creations. I'm so happy with this product I can't think of anything negative to say about it. Extremely satisfied. Wonderful!!
"Excellent math aid for child with disability"
from Gilbert, AZ.
I purchased this product for my son whose fine motor skills are affected by cerebral palsy. This drawing board holds his paper firmly in place,and allows him to slide the ruler and drawing head into a locked position in order to draw a variety of geometric angles for geometry class. This product allows him to be successful in a class which is very fine motor skills oriented. Excellent product.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
exactly what i was looking for.
great for on site work, great at home.
Having read most of the reviews for the portable drawing boards on the site, I settled on the Koh-I-Noor. I'm really glad I did. It's perfect; easy to use, light-weight yet sturdy, the parallel rule stays parallel and the online customer service and shipping speed exceeded expectations. Though I prefer to use a triangle with my straight edge, I sort of wish I'd ordered the arm/head too, and may yet. All in all, an excellent value.
from theodosia Missouri
it is a good product for the price but is touchy when you try to lock the slide and protractor...
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Does a lot but not everything
By Quality Control Paul
from Ballston Spa, NY
I agree with most of the previous reviewers' findings. What I can offer that's different are two tips and what I found to be the board's ultimate limitation.Track based drafting systems are generally considered to be more reliable than cable systems, and this board is by far the least expensive and most portable track system. The built-in drawing clips are a nice idea, but I found them to be more trouble than they're worth, so I use drafting tape. The optional drawing head is limited by its short straight edges (6 inches) and, as someone else mentioned, can be hard to position.That brings me to my first tip. If you need a series of parallel diagonal lines, try using a protractor to set your drawing at the required angle and tape it there. You can then cruise down your drawing with the straight edge, adding lines as needed. I find this method to be less awkward than using either the drawing head or a triangle. It works well with 9 X 12" paper, but might not work with large sheets.My other tip is in case the straight edge doesn't glide smoothly in its track. The track and/or the slider are probably dirty. I use a dampened Q-Tip for the track and rubbing alcohol on the slider (and drawing board) to remove any accumulated residue. It has no apparent ill effect on the plastic.Finally, why I will probably buy a more expensive system: My current work necessitates closely spaced parallel lines - 1/32" or 1/16". At such small intervals, slight inconsistencies of spacing or angle are unacceptably distracting, and this board is not up to the task. The main problem seems to be that the straight edge is not rigid enough. It has too much play or flex. Thus, after positioning and locking, it's likely to be a few degrees off the horizontal, and, the longer the line, the greater the inaccuracy. What I've had to do is engage the lock that's closest to the slider and then adjust the far end of the straight edge up or down a few degrees until it's visually parallel to the preceding line. That's cumbersome and doesn't always work.The next best system I've seen is the Alvin TOM, available elsewhere online. It's also marketed as a portable system and is approximately the same size, but weighs and costs about five times as much. If your drafting needs are met by this Kohinoor board, you're getting a whole lot of bang for your buck.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Enjoyable to use and easy to transport
By A late-blooming artist
from Calera, Alabama
Lightweight and easy to transport, I feel it's just what I need at home and for the occasional times I travel. I like having a consistent angle which reduces the fatigue I used to get when I used books and a board. The price seems higher than when I purchased mine but to me, it's worth whatever I paid for it. I'd probably buy a larger version if it was available.
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