Phil Davy makes a handy garden tray from recycled oak
Phil Davy makes a handy garden tray from recycled oak

We hope you enjoy our brand-new August issue, which features a pleasing combination of projects (plus a few for the home and garden), as well as interesting technique articles, a whole host of features, and we’re also announcing the launch of the fantastic Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020, so read on to find out more about what we have in store for you!

Kicking off our projects section is this month’s cover star - Peter Dunsmore’s mystifying dovetail puzzle, which was originally featured in the March 1953 issue of The Woodworker; next, woodturner Dave Roberts turns a pair of tall candlesticks, before Robert Couldwell takes to the workshop and goes about making a replacement set of kitchen ‘bar’ chairs in oak. Next, Phil Davy’s tray is made from recycled oak which will now have a new life in his garden, and perfect for the knitting enthusiast, Les Thorne shares his take on a yarn bowl design in air-dried ash.

Edward Hopkins’ bomb-proof Wendy house
Edward Hopkins’ bomb-proof Wendy house

Techniques-wise, confronted by a mêlée of measuring tools, Robin Gates has a field day with squares, dividers, rules and tapes, then makes a handy depth gauge; Edward Hopkins builds a bomb-proof Wendy house in ‘Home truths’; and in part 6 of ‘Woodworker’s encyclopaedia’, Peter Bishop looks at butt joints, capping rails and carborundum, to name but a few terms.

Alan Peters working on one of his ‘Bowl’ tables
Alan Peters working on one of his ‘Bowl’ tables

Moving on to our features, we have a real mixed bag and there’s sure to be something to both entertain and inspire you, starting with Robin Gates looking at a timber-framed canvas bathing tent from the August 1930 issue of The Woodworker; in ‘Modern woodworking’, Anselm Fraser discusses the value and cost of furniture making; next, we take a look around the workshop of Canadian artist, craftsman and kayak fisherman, Doug Zech, before John Greeves talks to Fergus Stuart about the work the Scottish team at Carpenter Oak undertook during the construction of a medieval trebuchet.

Also, to celebrate the launch of The Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020, we dedicate a whole two pages to telling you all about the award, which champions UK furniture making talent while celebrating the life and work of the late Alan Peters OBE, and in a special feature, Andrew Lawton tells us about his experience of working with Alan Peters on his last project.

 
The Metabo 12V PowerMaxx Combo Set 2.7.4
The Metabo 12V PowerMaxx Combo Set 2.7.4

We’re lucky enough to have some brand-new, cutting edge kit on the test bench this month, starting with the Metabo 12V PowerMaxx Combo Set 2.7.4, which Phil Davy awarded the full five stars. Compact, spot-on ergonomically and capable of serious drilling and screwdriving tasks between them, this set is sure to take the market by storm. He also takes a look at the SKIL 7242 AA Multi Sander, which is supplied with a variety of sanding attachments and is suited to occasional sanding jobs. And last but not least, Jamie Smith gets to grips with the DeWalt DCN680D2-GB XR 2.0Ah brushless finish nailer kit, which certainly offers the cutting edge in nailing technology.

 
Be in with a chance of winning an iGaging - Digital Height & Depth Gauge - Snap Check Plus
Be in with a chance of winning an iGaging - Digital Height & Depth Gauge - Snap Check Plus

And before I go, it wouldn’t be right to not offer you another competition, and this time we’ve teamed up with Wood Workers Workshop who are giving five lucky readers the chance to get their hands on an iGaging - Digital Height & Depth Gauge - Snap Check Plus - worth £19.95 each! As well as this great competition, you can also expect to find all your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips. All this and much more in the August 2019 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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