On sale today – the May 2020 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking!

The May issue is here, and while we may be living in strange times, we at the magazine see self-isolation as a fantastic opportunity to hone your woodworking skills and continue to do what you love - all from the comfort of your home workshops! So join us in a brand-new issue, as we do our very best to educate and inspire you with the perfect mixture of projects, technical articles, features and all the latest product tests.

One side of Martin Saban-Smith’s troublesome triptych turning
One side of Martin Saban-Smith’s troublesome triptych turning

Kicking off our projects this month is Andrew Hall and his dapper Dickie bow tie - one of his favourite and signature pieces; next, Martin Saban-Smith’s triptych turning allowed him to learn some valuable lessons while having a lot of fun along the way; in part 1 of his Baroque guitar build, Shaun Newman takes us through the first steps for recreating one of these stunning instruments; finding some brass port hole surrounds at a local antique shop prompts Glenn Perry to get nautical and create a novel mirror design; Phil Davy starts the arduous task of replacing a set of household stairs; before Les Thorne reflects on the areas of turning that he enjoys the most, including tools, techniques and teaching others.

Making a bedside table helped Simon Frost to learn techniques such as making and applying veneers and lippings, and problem solving through drawings
Making a bedside table helped Simon Frost to learn techniques such as making and applying veneers and lippings, and problem solving through drawings

In our technical section, we have the first in a brand-new series from journalist turned furniture maker, Simon Frost, as he shares the initial instalment from his furniture-making start-up diary, taking us back to where it all began; also, in ‘Woodworker’s Ecyclopedia’, from the obscure to the common, Peter Bishop continues his woodworking odyssey.

Beautiful Lie-Nielsen saw handles are made in-house
Beautiful Lie-Nielsen saw handles are made in-house

As usual, we have some fascinating features for you to enjoy, starting with this month’s cover star – the esteemed Tom Lie-Nielsen, founder of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Priding himself on old-fashioned values and ethos, Martin Pim-Keirle finds out all about the father of quality hand tools; next, Michael Forster shares his experiences of a recent pyrography course he attended with his wife, held at Turners Retreat and run by Lisa Shackleton; Jeremy Broun and Andrew Lawton – two makers with 100 years’ combined experience – imagine starting up again and the tools and equipment they would choose; in ‘Archive;, Robin Gates stops and stares at Gothic carving in the May 1915 issue of The Woodworker; Simon Frost takes a closer look at David Binnington Savage’s iconic book, The Intelligent Hand; in ‘Me and my workshop’ Rick Wheaton meets 80-year-old retired engraver and furniture maker, Clive Hurman; in ‘Modern Woodworking’, Tom Fraser discusses business and woodworking skills for furniture makers; and in the first of a new series, we look at five different examples of woodworking, furniture making, woodcarving and woodturning, specially selected from Instagram.

Jonathan Salisbury takes a look at the Peter Child pyrography machine and pen splitter
Jonathan Salisbury takes a look at the Peter Child pyrography machine and pen splitter

In our ‘on test’ section, we have some key kit on the bench including the Peter Child pyrography machine and pen splitter, which gave Jonathan Salisbury an opportunity to unleash his artistic side; next, Cameron Sidgwick puts a number of pieces from the Dickies workwear selection through their paces and is thoroughly impressed with their performance; and last but by no means least, Jamie Smith looks at the first entry-level drill from Bosch - the GSB 18V-55 Brushless combi.

As well as all this, in conjunction with Make Wood Good we’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a complete Oak and Teak Epoxy wood glue kit - worth over £150! Good luck to all those of you who enter! Of course, you can also expect to find your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips, plus much more! Don’t forget to keep sending in your top workshop tips too as we have a fantastic Veritas apron plane with PM-V11 blade up for grabs each month, and one could very well be yours! So be sure to pick up your copy today, or why not subscribe?

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor

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