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Highly figured Australian silver ash with Qld walnut inlays and superbly crafted hingeless doors make this cabinet by Frank Wiesner a special piece.

A maker at heart I’m drawn towards traditional design elements and techniques. On the flip side I understand the benefits that modern machinery and clean lines can bring, so I aim to strike a balance between the two.

For convenience and safeguarding against wood movement, plywood has real advantages. Here are some usage tips from Vic Tesolin.

Dowels are not perfect for all joint applications but their versatility sees them used in a variety of ways. You can buy specialist dowels, and you can make your own.

"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.