Our cover story for the November 2011 issue is a stunning "Southern Lady's Desk," built by Glen D. Huey, contributing editor. This piece is among the 27 projects in our upcoming book, "Furniture in the Southern Style," by Glen and Robert W. Lang, executive editor.
In another story from Glen (he's been busy for this issue!), we have an interview with Tommy MacDonald, host of PBS's latest woodworking show, "Rough Cut: Woodworking with Tommy Mac." Glen goes behind the scenes with Tommy and gains some insight into the host and the show.
Amaze your friends with quadrilateral and rising dovetails after you read "The 'Impossitails' Zone" by Roy Underhill. Roy shows you how to lay out and cut these intriguing joints.
Jeff Miller shows you how to make nine clever and useful tools out of scrap plane parts in "New Uses for Old Handplanes."
Willard Anderson's "Make a Shapely Bowsaw" shows you how to build a bowsaw with proper, tapered handle holes that make this saw period-correct. And in addition to working well, this tool is a thing of beauty!
Bob Flexner discusses how to make your own Wiping Varnish, and shares four different (and foolproof) methods of applying this versatile finish.
Megan Fitzpatrick, managing editor, builds a simple "One-day Tool Tote" for this issue's I Can Do That
In this month's Tool Test
, we take a look at Bosch's new Random-orbit Sander, the Benchcrafted Double-screw 'Moxon' Vise and a Senco 18-gauge Cordless Brad Nailer.
In Arts & Mysteries
, Adam Cherubini finishes his two part-series on "How to Keep Your Edges Sharp" (the first part appeared in the October 2011 issue).
And, Elia Bizzarri shares in End Grain how persistence (and a crazy mother ) can help in landing an apprenticeship. Plus On the Level, Letters, Tricks of the Trade
, and a Glossary
of woodworking terms used in the issue.