We're looking at different approaches to woodworking this month ~ an opportunity to think a bit about the future. 

 

There's Mike Sturgeon at one end of the spectrum using a homemade CNC router for his Regency chair project, while at the other end Phil Whitfeld questions the role of technology in craft and Ben Plewes wonders whether his computer is absorbing too much of his designing and making time in Notes From A Small Workshop.

 

Journeying East ~ and away from power tools altogether ~  Andy King gazes through the looking glass to answer some of the mysteries of Japanese tools. Ultimately we'll be asking, how do Eastern tools compare with Western tools?

 

There's something for every discipline too, from Back To Basics' look at the fundamentals behind our materials and Richard Maguire's practical cupboard project, to the fine skill of Martin Aplin with his Ercol-style corner cabinet.

 

It's an issue jam-packed with variety we think you'll find. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!

 

 

FEATURES

Journey to the East 

To pull or to push? Andy King tries out a range of Japanese hand tools, providing his typically comprehensive account!

 

How does wood work?

In our very first Back To Basics ~ a series looking at the fundamentals behind woodworking ~  we get to grips with raw materials

 

Corner cabinet

Significant Styles follows in the footsteps of Luciano Ercolani, as Martin Aplin builds a cabinet from ash

 

The craftsman's demise?

Far from suggesting that we surrender in the face of modernity, Phil Whitfeld rallies us to the makers' cause ~  keep learning, work hard and pass on those skills!

 

 

PROJECTS

Wall cupboard

Richard Maguire's practical project demonstrates how easy, valuable and fun workshop furniture can be to make

 

Turned coat stand

Made from stunning mahogany, Dave Roberts' piece is 6ft tall

 

Regency chair

Boasting majestic curves, Mike Sturgeon's project mixes traditional woodworking with CNC technology

 

 
TECHNIQUES

Notes From A Small Workshop

Downing mouse and keyboard, Ben Plewes calls time on designing and gets going with his desk build

 

Time to improvise

Need a tool that doesn't exist? Sounds like a job for tool-modifying extraordinaire Stephen Simmons

 

 

ON TEST

Blue Spot safety knife

Draper CHD183V2KLI drill

Laguna Driftmaster

Veritas dovetail saw

 

 

PLUS: The Oldfield Chronicles ~ David recounts his very own horror story, proving that even the pros can make mistakes!