The Woodworker, October 2016

Michael Forsterís slimline hall cabinet cleverly disguises untidy cables and odds and ends
Michael Forster’s slimline hall cabinet cleverly disguises untidy cables and odds and ends

Welcome to the October issue, which is full of exciting content for you to enjoy. Ken Jones’ folding chairs are featured on this month’s cover - a great late summer project for you to make and simple to boot. Use them on your patio or in your conservatory when the weather isn’t as favourable. When it comes to disguising ugly trailing cables in hallways, Michael Forster has a great solution in his slimline hall cabinet build, and John English’s router-made keepsake box will safely house your most treasured of possessions.

If you are bending laminae of timber or standard plywood, a male and female former would be required, advises Mark Griffiths
If you are bending laminae of timber or standard plywood, a male and female former would be required, advises Mark Griffiths

In our technical section, Robin Gates returns with part 2 of his wood boring series, which this time sees him finding more tools for making holes, as he gets into gear with ratcheting hand drills, restores a classic Stanley and suggests simple things for children to make. Also, Dominic Collings replaces an old eyesore of a mantelpiece with a clean, oak creation and Mark Griffiths shows you how to make furniture with enviable curves.

Colin Simpsonís reactive paint vase
Colin Simpson’s reactive paint vase

In turning and carving, Niall Yates takes you through the steps for constructing your own home-made lathe steady for creating hollow vessels, Colin Simpson experiments with reactive metal paints to add an aged appearance to a tear-drop vase, and Peter Benson presents a work stand that can be adapted for any carving enthusiast.

Mark Griffiths using the Axcaliber carving & shaping cutter to hollow out the inside of an Iron Age vessel
Mark Griffiths using the Axcaliber carving & shaping cutter to hollow out the inside of an Iron Age vessel

We also have some great tests lined up for you this month including Andy King’s review of the Milwaukee M18 BLDD drill/driver, which he badged a top performer with well-made components; the Editor looks at Bessey KliKlamps and the Bessey BAN700 Band Clamp and was very impressed with both, and put to the test for the roughing out of a replica Iron Age wooden vessel, the Axcaliber carving & shaping cutter promises very fast stock removal, represents good value for money and leaves a crisp and clean finish.

Fancy winning a Hammer A3-26 planer/thicknesser worth over £3,000? See below for details!
Fancy winning a Hammer A3-26 planer/thicknesser worth over £3,000? See below for details!

There’s still plenty of time to get building a piece of furniture to enter into Felder’s 60th anniversary competition. Anyone can enter regardless of age or skill level; you just need to document the build of a project, take photos, write a short amount of text, then submit it to be in with the chance of winning 1 of 3 prizes, worth a combined total of over £4,000. Good luck!

As well as all this, we also have your usual favourite pages, including our timber suppliers directory, readers’ letters, AOB, archive and marketplace.

All this and much more in the October issue of The Woodworker, which is now on sale!