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Every so often, we publish a newsstand-only special issuethat digs deep into a specific topic or process. I  like to think of each of these issues as a miniature book that features the best collective knowledge from all of our editors and contributing authors.As a beginner to woodworking, I find these special issues to be a treasure trove of information. Recently, I was gifted a Stanley block plane (thanks Chris and Steve) and instead of sifting through all of our back issues to find articles about plane use, I picked up a copy of Hand Tools in the Modern Shop.

This special issue not only taught me the background of my new tool, but also how to assemble the parts and sharpen the iron, as well as the variety of uses for this versatile plane.

Whether you’re a beginning woodworker like me, or an expert craftsman, these special issues will provide you a one-stop place to learn about your favorite woodworking topic.



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