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Our cover story for the August 2011 issue is a Pennsylvania Spice Box built by Senior Editor Glen D. Huey, with three hidden compartments behind 11 drawers. Other features stories are: If the Tool fits… in which Ron Herman teaches how sizing tools to the user leads to more efficient and more comfortable work. In Coffee with the Brethren, Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick builds a Shaker-inspired coffee table with through-drawers. Executive Editor Robert W. Lang shows how elements of a martial art can help improve your work in Tai Chi & Woodworking. Editor Christopher Schwarz builds a light bulb-shaped lamp out of plywood in A Bright Idea. You'll learn how to make massive dovetails that fit together like a glove using a router, band saw and hand tools for big dovetails in How to Make 'Condor Tails' from Jameel Abraham. In Royal Flooring in Appalachia, Don Williams shares his story of how antique parquet floors from Paris found a new home in his rural Virginia woodshop.
In this month's Tool Test
we check out the new Festool CXS drill-driver, the new Lie-Nielsen Shoot Board Plane, and Jet's new dust collector. In Design Matters
, George R. Walker discusses how color value and contrast can be used to tell a visual tale. In Arts & Mysteries
Dean Jansa discusses the traditional apprenticeship and how in order to understand, one must do. In our popular I Can Do That
segment, author Mag Ruffman builds a lap desk for a laptop computer. Bob Flexner discusses refinishing in Flexner on Finishing
. And in End Grain
, Glen D. Huey talks about a special chest to hold prized chisels in My Design, Dad's Tools
. Plus On the Level, Letters
, and Tricks of the Trade