August 2011 #191

Popular Woodworking August 2011 issueOur cover story for the August 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking is a Pennsylvania spice box built by Senior Editor Glen D. Huey, with three hidden compartments behind 11 drawers.

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 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.

Detailed article previews are below. Online Extras (downloads, links, etc.) are found within that article.

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I Can Do That: Lap Desk

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now Portable productivity with a nod to steampunk style. By Mag Ruffman The glorious thing about being self-sufficient is that you can usually figure out ways to create what you need. My latest need arose after a bad case of Burning Thighs Syndrome, a malady...


Spicy Pennsylvania Box

Behind a distinctive double-arched door are unknowns and secrets. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 26 -33 While surfing the Internet for examples of spice boxes, I stumbled upon an antique box with a distinctive door. While I’m familiar with arched-door boxes, a double-arched door, at least to my knowledge, is something not often seen. VIDEO: See how to...


Flexner on Finishing: Refinishing Furniture

Stripper types. There are five categories of strippers. From left to right: high-percentage methylene chloride, low-percentage methylene chloride, strong solvent and no methylene chloride, refinisher (no methylene chloride and no wax), and NMP (n-methyl pyrrolidone). Repair, strip and refinish to restore old pieces. By Bob Flexner Pages: 58-60 From the August 2011 issue #191...


Video: Secret Compartments & Spice Box Drawers

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now The August 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is making its way to subscribers (it will be on bookstore racks in a few weeks). As a result, I’m beginning to get questions about the Spice Box drawer layout and construction, as well as the...


How to Make ‘Condor Tails’

An ingenious way to combine routers, a band saw and hand tools for big dovetails. By Jameel Abraham Pages: 48-53 I know what you’re thinking: “Another opinion on how to cut dovetails.” I hear you. But this one’s different. I promise. No back and forth over pins or tails first. No Rob Cosman vs. Frank Klausz. Well,...


A Bright Idea

This light bulb-shaped lamp requires a little plywood (plus a little geometry) to make it look just brilliant. By Christopher Schwarz Pages:46-47 For me, one of the most perfect shapes ever designed is the general-purpose incandescent light bulb. While some people use the word “mushroom” to describe its profile, I’ve never seen a fungus with such sinuous...


Tai Chi & Woodworking

Balance, concentration and the quest for the easy way to work. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 42-45 You wouldn’t expect a Welsh chair bodger who’s teaching how to build a stick chair to mention a Chinese martial art in relation to using a jack plane. And you wouldn’t expect the student to get the connection, see the...


Coffee with the Brethren

Build a Shaker-inspired coffee table with through-drawers. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 38-41 Coffee tables didn’t exist as a furniture form until the 1920s (when they were known as cocktail tables). So while there is no true Shaker coffee table, I needed a table to put in front of my couch that would work well with the...


If the Tool Fits…

Tools sized to the user lead to more efficient and comfortable work. By Ron Herman Pages: 34-37 One of the first things I do with new employees is fit them to a handsaw. And as a woodworker, fitting tools to yourself is one of the first things you should do, too. Why? If a tool is uncomfortable...