How to

"I like carving these because I think it is one way to individualise my work, to sculpt something interesting and have some fun doing it", writes Robert Howard.

Sharpening methods vary as widely as woodworkers do! Here’s a video which explains blade angles, and how a honing guide and stropping can help.

Robert Howard's jewellery chest features a fully extending, telescopic, double dovetail drawer sliding system.

Developing your skills in accuracy will reward you with a useful tool you can hand down through the generations. Theo Cook shows how to make your own pencil gauge.

Israel Martin works to fine tolerances with hand tools alone for the precision, performance and enjoyment they offer.

A short length of timber, a few sharp hand tools and a drill press equipped with a forstner bit are the minimal items required to make a traditional Japanese carved tray.

If you want to start woodworking but you're short on money (and possibly skills), here’s how to make a basic, but sturdy workbench.

With precious wood and little time, Andrew Potocnik came up with a free and flowing design.

Frank Strazza is an award-winning furniture and musical instrument maker in Texas, USA.

Terry Martin was given a small section of precious Brazilian rosewood, and just a week to make and document a piece.

Graham Sands works with colour and veneer to create a cabinet inspired by Danish design.

Basic principles of chair design, and suggestions on how to build mock-ups that will help to incorporate them into your work.

Knowing why wood shrinks and swells can help woodworkers to make allowance for it. Wood scientist Dr Jugo Ilic explains why wood moves.

Flush fitted slips help to make solid wood drawers that are lighter, stronger, and wear better. Neil Erasmus describes his method of making and fitting them.

Round tables offer democratic seating positions and focus energy to the centre. Here's how to make one with half-lapped cross-pieces and posts, as well as with an inlay feature.

The better wood is machined or dressed, the better results you can expect. Here's an introduction to dressing rough sawn wood by Raf Nathan.