Home Improvement, the sitcom starring popular comedian and former cocaine smuggler Tim Allen, was a mainstay in my household during the majority of its 8 year run. It is the story of a every-man television host of a home improvement (GET IT!??!?!) show trying to retain his masculinity in a household with his wife and three young children. It was never a great show, or barely a good one, but I still have fond memories of wondering what kind of deformity plagued Wilson that kept the cameras from showing his full face. Only one problem with the inspirational photo: the story was about applying a finish to the particular nightstand, not how to build it. That meant I had to draw plans based roughly off the photo in the magazine. While that can be a challenge and certainly adds time to the project, the process of drafting plans helps keep you sharp, makes sure you stay keenly aware of attention to detail, and gives you an enormous sense of pride when the project is complete and you can say you built the nightstands from rough sawn lumber with your own plans.
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