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Our cover story for the February 2011 issue is a Three-legged Occasional Table by Michael Fortune, which can be built using steam-bending techniques or clever bent laminations. In a creative nonfiction story, Roy Underhill writes about André Roubo and his Folding Bookstand, built from one piece of walnut, and how the piece was used at the "Altar of the Nation" when General Lafayette swore allegiance to the new republic in 1790 (along with plans translated from Roubo's original text). Marc Adams teaches A Geometry Lesson in Veneer as he shows you how to make "Louis cubes," a simple form of parquetry that is easier to make than it appears (really!). Senior Editor Glen D. Huey compares three-knife cutterheads with two staggertooth designs, to help you decide if you need to Upgrade Your Cutterhead in your jointer or planer (or both). Editor Christopher Schwarz shows you how to build a Shaker Wall Cupboard, a classic piece from the New Lebanon Shaker commuity that is easy to complete in just a few hours. In Tool Test, we try out the Benchcrafted Glide Vise, the "Polar Bear" hybrid table saw from Grizzly and the new Side Winder Router Lift from Woodpeckers. George R. Walker discusses the humble but "Essential Dividers" in Design Matters. In Arts & Mysteries, Bob Rozaieski shows you how to tune up and use traditional moulding planes in "Replace Your Tailed Router." Our I Can Do That project for this issue is a "Pirate Chest" with a curved lid, built by Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick. Chris Schwarz visits an incredible shop in "Living the European Dream" for Great Woodshops. In Flexner on Finishing, Bob Flexner gives a "Finishing Overview" to help you make sense of the many types of finish available. And End Grain, by Brendan Isaac Jones, is a "Squirrel Surprise." Plus Letters, Tricks of the Trade and more.
Online Extras: To view acompanying online extras, visit the Popular Woodworking Magazine February 2011 page.