Current Issue

QM19, July-August 2023

Taking a short course is increasingly popular for woodworkers of all abilities and experience, an opportunity to learn new skills and enjoy a therapeutic few days, making friends with strangers. Our new series celebrating the Short Course Revolution starts this issue with a week spent making a Windsor chair at Westonbirt Woodworks, our feature revealing tools, tips and techniques  on the course. This issue we also join online courses and feature the making of a bench, the use of new finishes and a tribute to curved wooden planes.

Shapely Soles
Robin Gates celebrates concave and convex wooden planes, restoring them and using them
Raney Nelson
Meet the American toolmaker who used to run nuclear reactors in submarines
The Story of Oak
Gabriel Hemery writes on the phenomenon that is the Quercus spp.
Making and Finishing a Bench
Bill Ratcliffe discovers the value of Rubio Monocoat for a benchtop
Chairmaking Tips
Discover the devices and techniques for making chairs
Short Batch Production
Henrie Van Rooij learns how to make a group of Japanese stools
Online Learning
Steambending and finishing courses reviewed
Hollow Grind Sharpening
Sean Hellman argues the best way to flatten chisels is to hollow them
Testing the New Lee Valley Honing Guide
A new vintage replica turns out to be more versatile than expected
Clamping Boards
Tips for holding for planing

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