Practical Woodworking cover image for Sept/Nov 13Just what do we understand by the word ‘simple’? To me it means not only easy in the sense of making something without difficulty but, perhaps more importantly, it refers to ease on the eye. So when we were considering projects for this issue we had in mind two aspects: the making and the design, and the two of course do not necessarily go together. While some pieces may be easy to build and undemanding but pleasing to look at, others,like our complex dresser and desk, will require much thought and consideration. But it will simply all be worth it because the furniture will always please thanks to unjarring, clever and, dare I say it? simple design.

So why are we theming this issue as Simple Furniture Projects? Because, for all the reasons stated above, simple is best, and we wanted to save the best until last. For, very sadly, after 47 years, this is to be the last issue of Practical Woodworking.
Your much-loved magazine was born in March 1966 as a monthly and of course was in simple black and white then, but the exploded drawings were very clear even if the typography was a trifle idiosyncratic. By the 1970s covers were in colour and during the ‘80s more colour was seen inside the country’s ‘Most Popular Woodworking Magazine’, which covered all aspects of home woodworking to the delight of its readers.
Today woodworkers are well served by Practical’s stablemates The Woodworker and Good Woodworking, and in signing off for the last time I hope that you will join me in wishing the craft all good fortune.
Andrea Hargreaves