I use an ancient Mayline (I think??) table, a bit rickety but it works 
and it's a goodly size, maybe 42 x 30 or close to that. I can adjust the 
angle but it's like pulling the proverbial teeth, so I leave it fixed at 
my angle. I have a two drawer iris cabinet on rollers with a flat solid 
top for various supplies and to hold my big porcelain palette and brush 
holder; and a whole bunch of shelves i had put in when we fixed up the 
basement, on the other. I have all rolling stock except for the table, 
as I have a small area and sometimes need to move things around to do 
this or that.

I have a combo of lights, Ott and a combo flourescent/incandescent. The 
mix seems to work well. I'm in the basement so I need lots of light, and 
I put on everything I have. 100w ceiling, another light over my flat 
desk, the extra ambient lighting is helpful.


On 6/11/14 1:15 PM, Karen Ackoff wrote:
> I have an old IKEA drafting table... bought circa 1980. I've made a 
> few adaptations to keep the table top at a set angle, and I angle it 
> only very slightly so I can put my paints, water, etc. on it. Then I 
> put a table easel on top of it. I use one of two...
> Paper & Ink Arts (which cater largely to a calligraphic and crafts 
> crowd) sell table top easels in two different sizes (or they used 
> to... I only see the 18x24 size on their web site now). The adjust to 
> an almost vertical angle, and the top is a white plexi, so you could 
> place a light behind it and easily use it as a light table. They are 
> very light and great for traveling.
> For smaller works, I like an easel that Koo Schadler's husband makes 
> (Koo is a phenomenal egg tempera and silverpoint artist who works in 
> the style of master paintings). It is heavier, which I like when I'm 
> working at home. It is 14 x 20 inches.
> For the record, I have a very old small drafting table, probably 
> bought from Sears circa 1940. My father studied architecture, and it 
> was his. In his won't, he later painted it white and black. I'm 
> tempted to strip it down, although I'm sure it's made of inexpensive 
> pine. But it still works just fine.
> I'd be curious to know what kind of lighting people are using. I still 
> like my old desk lamp better than anything... a combo of florescent 
> and incandescent. But of course incandescent bulbs are slowly going 
> the way of the dinosaur. Ott lights and lights of that sort are too 
> blue for me, and they also seem to make things "flat".
> My studio is also equipped with 2 black cats, both rescued from the 
> street, who routinely knock things over. I find erasers on the floor 
> in the corner. They also like to sleep on my router, despite all my 
> attempts to the contrary. The dogs and birds live in the upper levels 
> of my house. And just as an aside, I just lost my mustache parakeet, 
> Nakeeta. He was 29 and died of liver cancer (he had liver disease for 
> 15 years, and took his meds twice a day, every day, without complaint. 
> Good-byes are hard.
> K
> On Jun 11, 2014, at 11:53 AM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>> What a great idea, Amy.  In the past, I used the same approach to 
>> change the height of a desk, depending on what I was working on.  It 
>> wasn't to allow standing, just to allow the work to get closer to my 
>> eyes, so I could remove my glasses and not have to bend over to get 
>> close to the work.  I'm more than a little near-sighted, as you may 
>> have guessed :).  That was before I gained a few decades and needed 
>> lenses to help with close vision.  The more I think about it, 
>> however, I may revive the arrangement.  I wouldn't need a coffee 
>> table either, just a wooden box of appropriate height.......
>> b
>> On Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Jennifer Gibas <[log in to unmask] 
>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>>     Hi Amy, I have a lightweight $30 IKEA Lack coffee table set on
>>     top of my desk, legs cut to fit my height.  There's enough room
>>     for my mouse, keyboard, Wacom drawing tablet and a cup of coffee.
>>     It's been totally great. I put it up and down to alternate
>>     between sitting and standing a couple of times a day. Because
>>     it's so light, no problem. I looked around for "real" standing
>>     desks before doing this, and didn't find anything that would work
>>     as well for what I do.
>>     The listserv won't let photo attachments go through, so email me
>>     privately if you want to see it.
>>     Jen Gibas
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