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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Coffee with the Brethren

Build a Shaker-inspired coffee table with through-drawers.By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 38-41Coffee 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: 34-37One 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...


Royal Flooring in Appalachia

Paris parquet finds a new home in a rural Virginia woodshop.By Don Williams Pages 54-55The convergent threads of life are sometimes amazing, coincidental things. My earliest and most important mentors in the restoration arts were Pop and Fred Schindler, the remarkable father and son of an eponymous shop, who first introduced me to Monsieur André Roubo...


Meet Don Williams (He’s in our August Issue)

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now Don Williams is a Washington, D.C.-based conservator, educator, author, and finisher, and has over the past 40 years worked on preserving and restoring some of the most interesting objects in our nation’s public and private collections. He has written, lectured and demonstrated on an...


Tool Test: Festool CXS Drill-driver

A mighty small and mighty compact drill.By Glen D. Huey Pages:16-18According to Apple’s Steven Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” If you ask me, he could have been talking about Festool, which is, in my opinion, the most innovative tool company out there.BLOG: Read about new tools from Festool. VIDEO: See a...


Tricks of the Trade

This month's winning trick is a nifty solution for Slide-out Tool Storage, from Dyami PlotkeEdited by Kari Hultman Pages: 14-15 ADDITIONAL IMAGES: See the construction process of the slide-out tool storage cabinet. VIDEO: Tricks-in-Action shows you a free video of one of this issue’s tricks in use in our shop. Watch “A Better Dado Setup” –...


End Grain: My Design, Dad’s Tools

A proper chest to store prized chisels.By Glen D. Huey Page: 64The most prominent piece of furniture in my mom’s living room is a Queen Anne lowboy my dad built. As you can imagine, the piece is coveted by family members, as it was the first piece he tackled as a furniture maker. Dad had...