The name Illustrator Draftsman conjures up a visual image of a particular
type of table and drawing instruments. However, a drafting table and a set of
cased instruments are not all a DM has to work with. Along with the use of
furniture and equipment is the responsibility of maintenance.
Tables, straightedges, and other equipment that is common to drafting shops
should be kept clean of debris and clutter. Periodically, clean them with mild
detergent and rinse them well. Use a thinner or mineral spirits to remove
adhesives and wax. Keep tables and straightedges free of nicks and
lacerations. Carefully adjust tables and chairs for comfort in sitting or
standing at work.
Drafting tables come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most tables have a
height and a tilt adjustment. The trend is toward modular systems with an
adjoining worktable. Do not cut against the drafting table. Make it a
practice to cover the drafting tabletop and change the cover when it becomes
soiled or unserviceable.
Figure 2-1 shows a large drafting table.
Figure 2-1. A large drafting table with a roller-type
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