Les Thorne's mixed media goblet combines bubinga, metal and plastic
Les Thorne's mixed media goblet combines bubinga, metal and plastic

Can you believe that June is here and we are now on the verge of embracing the summer months? What a great excuse to get out in your workshops and tinker away with new projects, or how about making something new for the garden? We hope our latest issue gives you some great ideas for unique projects, teaches you some new hints and tips, and gives you the impetus you need to get creative with your woodworking and woodturning. So, what do we have in store for you this month? First up we have Clint Rose, who makes use of pallet wood to build his very own bench-top spring pole-lathe; Andrew Hall shows you how to create your very own dinner service using pieces of air-dried ash; inspired by an exhibit in a Yorkshire abbey, Tony 'Bodger' Scott turns a couple of scraps into a garden game; Les Thorne's novel design combines bubinga, metal and plastic to create a mixed media goblet that is a true piece of art; and last but not least, Phil Davy replaces an outhouse door with a more fitting traditional framed, ledged and braced pattern, which is perfect for a period property.

Within 15 to 20 years of planting western red cedar can be used in buildings, and can be coppiced on a four-year cycle
Within 15 to 20 years of planting western red cedar can be used in buildings, and can be coppiced on a four-year cycle

If you're looking to learn some new techniques and branch out with your knowledge, then our technical section will hopefully hit the nail on the head. In this issue, we have a special article from Dremel, which presents you with a range of useful tips that will be perfect if you're just starting routing; in his next 'Borderlands' instalment, the more things change, Dave Roberts finds, the more they seem to stay the same, but in new ways; in 'Home truths' Edward Hopkins makes a gift for the pharoahist of them all; and in the next 'Woodworker's encyclopaedia', join Peter Bishop as he presents some more words and phrases for you to ponder on.

Cricket bat blades, also called clefts, ready to be processed
Cricket bat blades, also called clefts, ready to be processed

As usual, we also have an eclectic mix of features to inspire and entertain you, including our popular 'Archive' page, which sees Robin Gates looking forward to hours in the sun with a sundial from the April 1914 issue of The Woodworker; next, John Greeves learns more about the bespoke cricket bat making process and discovers what it takes to deliver the precision required; Anselm Fraser urges woodworkers starting out to be yourself, not a version of yourself; Works Manager David Wheaton's workshop is situated in West Wales, as we discover in the next 'Me & my workshop'; Jeremy Broun argues the hidden value of practical art education in our schools; and in 'End-grain', Edward Hopkins looks at the giving of wooden gifts.

Woodpeckers Ultra-Shear Pen Size turning tools - 13in overall
Woodpeckers Ultra-Shear Pen Size turning tools - 13in overall

We also have a varied selection of kit on our test bench starting with the Woodpeckers Ultra-Shear turning tools, which although pricey, don't require sharpening, as Ian Wilkie shows. Next up, Cameron Sidgwick tests the Makita DBN600 18V LXT finishing nailer, which is designed for second-fix carpenters, cabinetmakers and joiners; before Jamie Smith puts the AUKTools Bench Top Router Table, which he describes as a great all-rounder, through its paces. Mini test-wise, Phil Davy has some gems, including the Axminster Ultimate Edge angle gauge set and Edge micro bevel guide.

This Triton Tools TTS185KIT 1,400W track saw kit is up for grabs!
This Triton Tools TTS185KIT 1,400W track saw kit is up for grabs!

With a new issue comes a new competition and this one's a cracker! in association with Triton Tools, we're giving one lucky reader the chance to get their hands on a TTS185KIT 1,400W track saw kit, which is perfect for smooth, precise, straight and bevel cutting of larger workpieces. Good luck to all who enter! As well as this, 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 June 2019 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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