Our cover story for the December 2011 issue is "12 Rules for Tool Chests," by Contributing Editor Christopher Schwarz. Chris builds a traditional tool chest that will hold all of your hand tools in one convenient spot.
In "Complementary Curves," Jeff Miller shows how most of the challenge in making his graceful arch table with bent-laminations is in the prep.
In "Straight Talk on Sharpening," Deneb Puchalski shows that while a cambered plane blade works fine, it is important to first experience 'sharp' on a straight blade.
Ernie Conover shows how to keep your lathe from loafing between jobs with this inexpensive "Shop-built Disc Sander."
Special wood is the starting point of inspiration for these boxes infused with the past in Ted Brown's "Krenov-style 'Memories Box."
In "Chester County Style," Charles Bender shows how this Pennsylvania county developed unique and recognizable furniture.
This issue's "I Can Do That project" is a gent's box by Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick.
In this issue's Tool Test, we take a look at Veritas's Bevel-up Smoothing Plane, Leigh's R9Plus through-dovetail and box-joint jig, and a new veneer saw from Gramercy Tools.
In "Design Matters," George R. Walker shows how developing your design skills is a journey of discovery.
In "Arts & Mysteries," Adam Cherubini shows how todayÕs tool choices pale in comparison to what 18th-century craftsmen typically had in their tool boxes.
In "Flexner on Finishing," Bob Flexner dispels many of the myths about French Polishing.
And Brian Boggs suggests that you consider yourself a midwife to creativity in "The Myth of Original Design."
Plus On the Level, Letters and Tricks of the Trade.
For the December 2011 Digital Issue, two versions are available – one that will work on any computer with Adobe Reader 7.0 or later or PDF-enabled eReader, and one with embedded video that will work on any computer with Adobe Reader 9.0 or later, but will NOT play on an iPad. When you purchase this digital copy, you will receive access to both versions if you want to try one on your computer, and the one without video on an iPad.