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Our cover story for the November 2011 issue is a “Lady’s Desk,”  built by Senior Editor Glen D. Huey. This piece is among the 27 projects in our upcoming book, “Furniture in the Southern Style,” by Glen and Executive Editor Robert W. Lang.

In Tommy Mac & “Rough Cut,” Glen interviews 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.

Managing Editor Megan Fitzpatrick builds a simple tool tote for this issue’s I Can Do That project.

In this month’s Tool Test, we take a look at Bosch’s new Random-orbit sander, Benchcrafted Double-screw “Moxon” Vise and a Senco 18-gauge Cordless Brad Nailer.

In Arts & Mysteries, Adam Cherubini finishes a two part series on how to Keep Your Edges Sharp.

Bob Flexner discusses how to make your own Wiping Varnish, and four different methods of applying the versatile finish.

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.


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