Steve said "get Auto-Cad, drafting tables are only good to read
newspapers on." I beg to differ!. I was "on the board" for 35 years
before CAD as a mechanical draftsman/designer/engineer. CAD is
absolutely necessary these days for speed, accuracy, change, etc. but
it's a totally impersonal, robotic tool that stifles the mind, steals
creativity and pride-of-accomplishment, It THINKS for you! Today it's
just a job, not fun. How many people can, with their own two hands and
eyes, draw a precise angle or a radius, strike a circle, use a French
curve, read a scale, use decimals, understand the Metric system, handle
delicate instruments and print legibly?
Who needs it you ask? Well I for one find it very calming and relaxing
to have a little nook where I can use some non-printer paper, not push a
gadget around and not touch a key except on a mini calculator, but most
of all, I do not have to sit and stare at an electronic display telling
me what to do next. I do what I want to do.
And best of all, it's cheap!!