The sponsor for our Router Special is Trend, a company that has been instrumental in establishing routing in the UK since the 1950s

The sponsor for our Router Special is Trend, a company that has been instrumental in establishing routing in the UK since the 1950s

GW312 is our Router Special, sponsored by Trend, which is filled with all manner of router-themed content for you to enjoy. We have something to cater for all woodworking enthuasiasts as well as those who love routing. Packed with a wide range of projects, technical articles and a number of features for you to enjoy, we kick off with Andy King as he puts three palm routers through their paces, explains the functions of each and their differences, weighs up the pros and cons, as well as showing how they suit various operations. If you’re not sure which palm router to go for, then this helpful guide will tell you everything you need to know. Phil Davy also evaluates the performance of the Veritas plunge router base, which he says is beautifully made and a real precision tool, as well as the accompanying fence & centre kit and precision adjuster, both of which are accessories that will transform any suitable rotary tool.

Peter Bishop’s router-made blanket chest

Peter Bishop’s router-made blanket chest

We have some great router-made projects for you to make this month including Johan Molarin’s easy-make shoe rack, which is ideal for practising your routing skills and will ensure your hallway is always tidy as a result! Peter Bishop also shares a router project designed for the intermediate woodworker – a lovely oak blanket chest made using kiln-dried English oak, which can be made in around a week; Matthew White creates a five-sided table with a twist, using router work for the top, and experiments with partially-exposed pieces for the sides and skirts; Phil Davy’s storage box for that lonely power tool is a simple project for the router. And lastly, in turning, Les Thorne shows you how to make an attractive stand for displaying all your turnings, which includes decorative effects made using a routing jig.

Peter Bishop’s comprehensive guide to learning about hand-portable, powered routers will tell you all you need to know, and more!

Peter Bishop’s comprehensive guide to learning about hand-portable, powered routers will tell you all you need to know, and more!

In ‘Techniques’, we have a brand-new series from Peter Sefton, which sees his Long Course students embarking on a 35-week woodworking journey - and what better way to start out than by learning the basics. Peter Bishop is also back with the next in his beginners’ guide to using power tools series, where he discusses the various different choices of router available on the market. If you have any questions about what router you should choose and why, then look no further than this comprehensive guide. And John Bullar also returns with the next in his beginners’ series, which this month looks at the different types of woodworking adhesives available to the furniture maker and how their uses differ.

Alejandro Palandjoglou’s CNC 2D router-made ‘Piggy’ coffee table

Alejandro Palandjoglou’s CNC 2D router-made ‘Piggy’ coffee table

In ‘People and Places’, we find out more about our Router Special sponsor Trend, a company that has been instrumental in establishing routing in the UK since the 1950s; and this month’s ‘Centrefold’ is Alejandro Palandjoglou’s ‘Piggy’ coffee table, which is made using CNC 2D router technology. Lastly, Andy King pays a visit to Wayne Mack, the man behind Legacy CNC Woodworking in the UK – machines that are not only changing lives but also facilitating the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen and women - the future of CNC routing really is here!

The first prize for Felder’s 60th anniversary competition is a A3-26 with silent-power spiral cutterblock - worth over £3,000!

The first prize for Felder’s 60th anniversary competition is a A3-26 with silent-power spiral cutterblock - worth over £3,000!

There’s also still time to enter Felder’s 60th anniversary competition, so get making now to be in with a chance of winning one of three fantastic prizes, worth a combined total of over £4,000! Find out more details inside this issue and good luck to all those of you who enter.

All this and much more in GW312, which hits the shelves on 11 November.

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor