Our June issue is here and you can expect to find the usual mix of great projects, technical articles and a whole host of interesting features to boot. Our cover stars this month are the students and tutors of the Chippendale International School of Furniture in East Lothian, Scotland. As Editor Tegan Foley found out when she visited earlier this year, 2018 marks a special year for the school and it’s also Thomas Chippendale’s 300th birthday. We learn how the team are helping students to develop creative careers in wood.

This stool/table was made using the Trend Pocket Hole Jig
This stool/table was made using the Trend Pocket Hole Jig

In terms of projects, Dave Long’s simple design for furry friends, comprising of six frames, can easily be assembled, disassembled and stored by one person; if you want to make a simple stool/table quickly and easily with the end result appearing as if you’ve used traditional methods, then try using the Trend Pocket Hole Jig; Liam Barclay shares a build that took over 200 hours to complete, with the end result being a truly unique and elegant sculpted desk; Phil Davy shows you how to improve your basic camping kit by making a box for storing your cooking essentials; and no matter if you’re green fingered or not, Les Thorne’s handy garden aids will either prove useful to yourself or make great gifts for friends.

Dave Hinton of North Shropshire Timber shows Dave Roberts around his expansive premises
Dave Hinton of North Shropshire Timber shows Dave Roberts around his expansive premises

On the technical side of things, continuing with his series, John Bullar gives a background on how veneers are produced commercially before discussing traditional and more modern methods; Dave Roberts discovers how North Shropshire Timber is delivering another slice of uniquely figured life in the borderlands; we show how the Trend Pocket Hole Jig allows for fast and accurate joining of timber; and in the next of his ‘Understanding wood’ series, as a wood restorer, Peter Bishop often encounters instances of wood-boring insect attack, and here he identifies the main culprits that we as woodworkers will come across.

Lufu Furniture’s stunning ‘Eagon’ glassware cabinet in rare burr elm
Lufu Furniture’s stunning ‘Eagon’ glassware cabinet in rare burr elm

Moving on to ‘People & places’, designing a bespoke cabinet to show off exquisite glassware is no easy task, but Simon Morris of Lufu Furniture executed the brief perfectly with his stunning ‘Eagon’ design in rare burr elm; Jim Sutherland tells us why, after all these years, his Grandfather’s old tools still hold such a central place in his tool cupboard; Barrie Scott continues to investigate different craft cultures as he learns about the making of a traditional West African ‘pirogue’, and in ‘End-grain’, Edward Hopkins shows how one word can spoil your day.

Edward Hopkins takes the Coronet Herald for a drive
Edward Hopkins takes the Coronet Herald for a drive

We have a varied range of products on test this month, including the Multi-Sharp wetstone water-cooled chisel/plane blade sharpener MS3001EM, which allows you to carry out cheap, quick regrinding. There is also a reader offer inside this issue, so see page 15 to learn how you can save 16.7% on the original price. Next up is a new product from Triton - the TSPSP650 portable oscillating spindle sander - which represents good value for money and is ideal for tidying up internal edges, and Edward Hopkins is excited to take the new stunning Record Power Coronet Herald heavy-duty cast-iron electronic variable-speed lathe for a drive.

And don’t forget, if you send in your top workshop hint or tip, you could be in with a chance of getting your hands on a magnificent Veritas low-angle jack plane, worth over £250. See our letters and makers pages for details - good luck! As well as the above, you can find all your usual favourites, including news and courses and ‘Around the House’. Also, on our welcome page, we inform you of the changes taking place as of the next issue, so look out for our new ‘super’ magazine, which combines the best elements of both our woodworking titles, and you can take a sneak peek at the exciting content coming up by seeing page 76. All this and much more in GW332, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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