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Drawing Boards Information


Product Range

Draftex Models 1521, 1522, 1421, 1422, 1301, 1302, 1201, 1202 and DBA3


The Draftex Portable Drawing Boards in Models 1521 thru to 1202, are a range developed in response for the clear demand for a good quality small drawing board at a realistic price. Our goal was to find well manufactured components and assemble them in to a well priced range of portable drawing boards. At the time we were driven to do this by the high price of imported units that were regularly admired in our showroom but were obviously outside the budget of most people. Our quest to produce our own units eventually led us to seven different suppliers - each with their own item of componentry. To bring the costs down to a level that would allow affordability to the widest market we had to commit to serious quantities of components and have them manufactured to our standards by the most suitable factories. We then assemble those components in our own facility and every unit is hand checked and packed by our own staff. The end results saw us offering the Draftex Portable Drawing Board range at a fraction of the cost of readymade imported boards. This had the planned affect and many thousands of them are in use in offices, universities, schools and home studies across Australia.

Some of the innovations incorporated included extending the board size to allow for Parallel Rules or Tee Squares to be used without either of these items covering the drawing area of the paper. Models 15 and 14 have locking Parallel Motion Rules that allow the user to draw accurate parallel lines. When in the locked position they free the hands for using an adjustable set square for angles or a scale rule to measure. The Models 13 and 12 can be used as a plain drawing surface or with a Tee Square. If a product has the last number of its code as a "1" it is designed for A1 sized paper and if it ends in a "2" it suits A2 size.

The Draftex DBA3 Portable Drawing Board is the latest addition to our range. It is a plastic A3 Double Locking Drawing Board with all the features of those at much higher prices. We have accessories in the form of a Drafting Head and Carry Bag to suit this board.

The Market

Users of the Draftex range of Portable Drawing Boards include Architects, Landscape Designers, Interior Designers, Kitchen Designers, Students, Builders and Construction Companies, Schools, TAFE Colleges and Universities.


Draftex Portable Drawing Boards in the Range 1521 to 1202 have a unique place in the market as a result of our efforts to make a quality product at a low price. There were some UK imports available once but the Draftex models were better performers at around a third of the cost. We believe they are no longer available.

The Draftex DBA3 Portable Drawing Board is manufactured in Asia and shipped directly to us. Most A3 boards that have been sold in Australia have come from one German manufacturer. That manufacturer badges them in to Rotring, Linex, Kent ,Graduate Aristo etc. They then go to their European distributors who in turn supply their Australian distributors, they supply their retailers and then you pay for this lengthy supply chain as each company adds their costs. The old adage of "getting what you pay for" needs to be considered in this context. When you as the end user are so many steps removed from the manufacturer the costs become artificially high in relation to the true value of the item.

Other Terms for these Products

Drawing Boards, Drawing Units, Drawing Kits, Desktop Drawing Boards, Drafting Boards, Drafting Units, Board and Tee Square Sets, Parallel Motion Units, A1 Drawing Boards, A2 Drawing Boards, A3 Drawing Boards, Architects Drawing Boards, Paraliner