Out now – the August 2021 issue. From a carving masterclass with wood artist Mark Doolittle to an exclusive feature on a true one-of-a-kind hand saw, our August issue presents a challenging, inspirational & approachable woodworking mix – enjoy!

 

PROJECTS & TURNING

VIENNA WALL CLOCK – PART 1
In this complex two-parter, wishing to make his version of a German Laterndluhr-style wall clock, Peter Skilton opts for octagons rather than squares as he embarks on this impressive build

MY FIRST STOOL
Gifted two elm seat blanks by a neighbour – one first rate, the other with twist – Geoff Ryan sets about making his first stool. Candidly sharing mistakes made along the way, the end result is not only functional, but more importantly, comfortable

NEBULA BOWL
Colin Simpson takes inspiration from our great galaxy to create this eye-catching bowl with a cosmic twist

GARDENING AIDS
Les Thorne’s handy turned garden aids make great gifts as well as offering the perfect opportunity for practising tool skills

FARMHOUSE CHAIR
Not content with his original design for a farmhouse chair, Glenn Perry sets about replacing the arms and updating the finish. Now much improved, it enjoys regular use, as well as being much easier on the eye

 

TECHNICAL 

CARVING MASTERCLASS
Fine woodworking artist Mark Doolittle shares the tips and techniques he uses to create his intricate carvings. According to Mark, the secret to success is ‘continuous refinement’

TIMBER TERMS – PART 29
As he continues with the Ps, which happen to be subjects of particular interest, in part 29, Peter Bishop focuses on plywood but also spends time in the countryside where pleaching and pollarding are rife

MITRE JOINT TECH
Despite looking very attractive when cut well, mitre joints can be some of the most troublesome, and inaccuracies can cause them to gape open. Here, Andy Standing shows how to get your mitres just right, every time

 

FEATURES

ARCHIVE
Delving into The Woodworker of May 1948, Robin Gates is diverted from a history of ‘The Pleyn’ by cameos of medieval craftsmen

THE ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL SAW
Shane Skelton, maker of exquisite hand saws, takes his inspiration from the work of his 18th century counterparts. Using historic timber from the bells of St Paul’s, and fashioned on the Chippendale Dovetail Saw handle, he's created what is perhaps, at this moment in time, the most exclusive hand saw in the world

MARK DOOLITTLE IN PROFILE
Celebrating biology through the medium of wood, Mark Doolittle’s pieces serve to express the dynamic form of growth and symmetry encountered in cells and tissues, as well as in whole organisms throughout the natural world

THE BORDON MEN'S SHED
Having to relocate their thriving Men’s Shed to a new building and start things from scratch, the project is still a work in progress. Here, Clive Handy of Bordon Men’s Shed talks about their recruitment drive and search for new members, to not only help build the workshops, but also carry on the legacy

REBUILDING NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL
After the devastating 2019 fire, which set the iconic Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral ablaze, restorations for the city’s landmark carry on in earnest, as Paul Greer documents here

 

ON TEST

TRITON TCMS254 1,800W SLIDING COMPOUND MITRE SAW
If you’re looking for a double bevel, sliding mitre saw with generous capacities, you won’t go far wrong with Triton's new TCMS254, says Phil Davy FESTOOL

HK 55 EQ-PLUS SAW WITH FSK 420 RAIL
Solid, comfortable and with a low centre of gravity, the Festool HK 55 EQ-Plus is a pleasure to use

YOUR FAVOURITES

As well as this, you can also expect to find your usual favourite pages, including news, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips, plus much more.

We hope you enjoy the August 2021 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale! Pick up your copy today, or why not subscribe