Vic Tesolin demoing a range of planing techniques
Vic Tesolin demoing a range of planing techniques

Easter is almost here and to celebrate we have a fantastic themed project for you to make, as well as a host of other excellent content that we hope you’ll love. Our cover star this month is the great Vic Tesolin, who recently gave a talk to furniture students at Warwickshire College. With a clear passion for hand tool woodworking, he shared his tips for getting the most from hand tools as well as some indispensable industry knowledge – Andy King gives us the lowdown on this nostalgic day.

Annemarie Adams’ wonderful turned egg box makes the perfect Easter gift
Annemarie Adams’ wonderful turned egg box makes the perfect Easter gift

Our projects section begins with an exercise in split turning, which sees Glenn Perry being faced with learning a new technique in order to complete the making of a new board to list the names of past presidents at a local Rotary club. He succeeds and learns some new skills along the way. Dustin Van Den Abeele is also back and this time shares a great idea for using unwanted timber offcuts, which makes use of a wooden child’s safety gate to create a simple but effective ladder shelving solution, which is bang on trend! Phil Davy also makes a magazine rack in a mid-20th-century style to help keep your copies of Good Woodworking in order, and last but not least, Les Thorne decides to turn a wonderful wooden version of a traditional salt pig, using oak and zebrano to give a contrasting effect.

Peter Bishop gives his biscuit jointer a good workout
Peter Bishop gives his biscuit jointer a good workout

Technically-speaking, Peter Bishop brings us the next instalment in his beginners’ guide, which this month sees him tackling the subject of jointers, nailers and screw guns, as well as offering tips and suggestions on how to get the most from each piece of kit. Brian Barber, who recently built a 1:12 scale Georgian dolls’ house for his Granddaughter, shares the details and techniques used for its construction, which will prove invaluable if you’re thinking of having a go at a similar build. We also have a handy article from Mark Herold, who hopes his jig/router technique can help those with a limited equipment budget realise their dream projects.

Below the Wells Cathedral clock is a figure of the risen Christ carved from a yew tree by E.J. Clack between 1952–1955
Below the Wells Cathedral clock is a figure of the risen Christ carved from a yew tree by E.J. Clack between 1952–1955

In ‘People and Places’ we take a closer look at Byron & Gómez’s award-winning Log Stack Cabinet, which seeks to highlight the beauty of end-grain; and on our back page this month, Edward Hopkins ponders the notion of touching the untouchable.

 
Using the Bosch GSS 18V-10 cordless orbital sander, general flat sanding work is very efficient
Using the Bosch GSS 18V-10 cordless orbital sander, general flat sanding work is very efficient

Andy King also returns with his usual mix of kit and tools, and he’s got some great kit on the test bench this month. He starts by looking at the Triton TTS1400KIT plunge saw, which, although a budget offering is powerful in use and represents good value for money; he also looks at a handy kit that is ideal for small-scale veneer cutting at the bench; he awards the Bosch GSS 18V-10 cordless orbital sander the full five stars thanks to its great range of interchangeable base options and excellent dust collection ability, before rounding things off with a look at Trend’s Snappy One Touch Bit Holders. As well as all of the above we also have your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, letters and makers, a sneak peek at the next issue and much more! Be sure to pick up your copy today, or why not subscribe?

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor