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How can I tell if an old table I inherited is a writing table or a drafting table?

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A writing table is usually has a sliding tray that is built into a piece of furniture, the tray slides out so you have a flat horizontal surface to write letters on.
A drafting board is a large board that is attached to a stand that allows you to tilt the board at any angle. These boards are used by draftsmen and architects to produce drawings of buildings and engineering structures.

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    Writing tables will have polished surfaces whereas drafting boards only have a smooth surface and may also have pinholes on the board that used drawing pins to fix drawing papers to the board.

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These two tables usually look very similar. If the drafting table was at a flat setting with the height set at regular desk height (maybe 74 cm) then it looks just like a writing table. The way to tell if it's a drafting table is if there is an edge on one of the sides. The edge was used to stop things from sliding off the table when the table was at an angle and it would sometimes hold writing tools.

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