I couldn't figure out, for the longest time, how to make a drafting table that also looked like a proper desk without it having super-complicated guts. Then I stumbled upon some pictures of antique drafting tables, and a brain child was born. In addition to being a drafting table, it's also a desk-sized lightbox, which I'm fairly confident was not a possibility for the 19th century Frenchman who built the table that inspired the design.
One of the other things I'm wanting to do is whittle something. To whittle, one needs a knife. While I appreciate a good knife in the kitchen, I'm not the kind of man that carries around a pocket or hunting knife. I don't hunt, I don't camp, I'm not outdoorsy. So when I started looking for a knife, I made a discovery: nice knives are expensive, yo.