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With the recent weather rendering many people’s workshops uninhabitable, you’ll be finding the latest issue of Good Woodworking more of a comfort than ever, we hope. There’s plenty of fireside reading in the form of Phil Whitfeld and Stephen Simmons’ new mini-series on English furniture history, and an introduction to green woodworking chair ‘bodger’ Mike Abbot. 

As you look to add to your tool collection for the year ahead, there are lots of pages dedicated to kit, including an eight-page group test of hardpoint saws, a look at four SDS drills for household masonry, and an exploration of Chinese hand tools – which boast much more quality than you might assume.

And as a small New Year’s gift, subscribers and WHSmith’s customers will find a Bosch Extra Clean jigsaw blade inside their magazine. Let us know how you get on with it!
Also in GW223…

Chairmaking challenge
David Oldfield uses black lacquer and a little woodcarving to create a set of replica chairs – which fold

Turners unite
We have eight pages of turning for you, including Richard Raffan’s guide to chucks and Bernard Greatrix’s rattle projects

French doors
Jason Fisher demonstrates some fine carpentry with a set of sapele doors

Jeff Gorman has to make certain that the frame’s joints are free from twist

The bookworm restorer
What’s worth reading and what should you leave to gather dust? Stephen Simmons explains

TM922 block plane
Stanley FatMax saws
Test of Time: Kreg bandsaw fence

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