Les Thorne's square lidded box in oak
Les Thorne's square lidded box in oak

We're especially excited about our March issue, which signals the beginning of spring and is also filled with a fantastic range of woodworking and woodturning articles for you to enjoy, on a wide variety of topics that we hope will inspire you. In projects and turning, we have the final instalment of Shaun NewmanÕs luthier's lute build; next, using the Axminster Precision Pro lathe, Ian Wilkie shows you how to turn some lovely Japanese Kokeshi dolls; Phil Davy's guide to laying an engineered oak floor will ensure you're left with an end result that ticks all the boxes; make your very own chessboard by following a few simple steps from Dremel; going against the usual decision to make something round, Les Thorne decides to turn a square box with a matching turned knob; and inspired by Greek and Roman architecture, Dave Roberts brings us part 1 of his miniature domed temple build.

The segment of a giant sequoia, which is displayed at the Natural History Museum, London
The segment of a giant sequoia, which is displayed at the Natural History Museum, London

In our technical section, we have some fantastic offerings, including Robin Gates' tools tweaks and conversions', which sees him making a chisel plane, grinding a screwdriver for woodies, flattening whetstones on the bathroom scales, sharpening disposable Surform blades, and deploying a cabinet scraper on reclaimed timber; also, join Paul Greer as he teaches us more about the secrets of dendrochronology; before Michael Forster, in part 3 of his dovetails series, looks at scribing and cutting pins for dovetails; and last but not least, Peter Bishop starts this guide to everyday terms and phrases used within and about the timber industry.

Ollie Allen and David Smyth discussing woodturning and CNC capabilities for a client project
Ollie Allen and David Smyth discussing woodturning and CNC capabilities for a client project

In terms of features for this month, in his 'modern woodworking' column, Anselm Fraser, Principal of The Chippendale International School of Furniture, discusses failures and how to move on when these happen in your work; Robin Gates finds an echo of the horse-drawn wagon in an ambitious car conversion featured in The Woodworker of 68 years ago; in our profile, award-winning furniture designer and maker Ollie Allen's collaborative work includes utilising CNC techniques and CAD packages to create truly bespoke pieces; we look around the workshop of 55-year-old Facilities & Maintenance Manager, Bob Wyatt; professional woodworker Paul Nolan shares two of his award-winning inventions with us; and in 'End-grain', Edward Hopkins encourages us to make our own kind of music.

The power tool adaptor on the Bosch GAS 18V-10 L Professional cordless wet & dry vacuum is easily compatible with other brand power tools
The power tool adaptor on the Bosch GAS 18V-10 L Professional cordless wet & dry vacuum is easily compatible with other brand power tools

On our test bench this month we have a varied lot, starting with the Bosch GAS 18V-10 L Professional wet & dry vacuum, which Jamie Smith puts through its paces. Benefitting from high power capacity, compact size and low weight, as Jamie says, for anyone looking for a second vacuum or a cordless portable vac, this machine would prove to be an excellent choice. Moving on to the Clarke CTS16 254mm table saw, Jonathan Salisbury finds this budget-priced model to represent excellent value for money despite a few minor failings; and Phil Davy tries out the Pony Three-way edging clamp, which he says is excellent where access for conventional clamping is difficult.

Win your very own Smaartwipes bundle
Win your very own Smaartwipes bundle

With a new issue comes a new competition, and this month we've teamed up with Smaartwipes to give 10 lucky readers the chance to get their hands on a Smaartwipes bundle, each containing a whole host of cleaning products for your workshop. 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 March 2019 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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