This is a personal project.
My father is the proud owner of his grandfather's drafting table. It's a beautiful cast iron base covered in floral imagery with a dark hardwood top, and it stays in my living room. It's a real pleasure to use. That could be nostalgia, or sentimental value, but it doesn't matter. The problem is that the masterpiece is home, and I am away.
The design goal of this drafting table is to succeed as a placeholder until I inherit the family heirloom. It is my first attempt at furniture design, so I learned about human size standards, comfortable (and uncomfortable) seating positions, and quite a bit about the disparity between designed usage and real usage (I didn't add a place to keep my tea flat, a big mistake). Designed with the help of my father and built with the help of my coworkers at Cumberland Architectural Millworks, I learned about creating a sophisticated construction that is aesthetic, ergonomic, and structurally sound.
The table is collapsable to allow for easier packing to and from college: the center footrest is removable by hand, and the legs screw off the runners underneath the top. The permanent angle keeps me from cluttering it with the junk that covers all the other surfaces in my bedroom. The stable construction insures the table will last until my father's retirement, at which point I have proposed a trade. He hasn't yet responded.