Charles Colbourne’s ‘Parabola Side Table’
Charles Colbourne’s ‘Parabola Side Table’

Our November issue is hot off the press and brings with it some winter warmers in the form of fantastic projects, technical articles, along with its fair share of features. Gracing the cover this month are pieces made by the six Furniture Design & Maker’s Course graduates from the Peter Sefton Furniture School, all of whom have produced fantastic award-winning pieces, details of which are given in the special ‘showcase’ we’ve dedicated to them.
Before that, however, let’s take a closer look at the projects in store for this month, starting with the final part of Shaun Newman’s ‘air guitar’ build, which sees him adding the fingerboard and frets, top nut and saddle bone, a finish, stringing it up and setting the action, before making a bespoke flight case; next, featuring a cleverly hidden secret opening, Peter Dunsmore remakes a novelty money box from the March 1951 issue of The Woodworker, but adds a few modern techniques; also, with the arrival of winter, Phil Davy gets to grips with a garage workshop roof revamp to ensure his valuable tools and machinery are protected from the elements; and in turning, Les Thorne fuses woodturning with alchemy as he creates a a three-legged bowl, before Dave Roberts encourages you to get organised with his string boxes.

Cabinetmaker David Lloyd’s workshop is housed in an old airfield building at Dunkeswell, East Devon
Cabinetmaker David Lloyd’s workshop is housed in an old airfield building at Dunkeswell, East Devon

On the technical side of things, in ‘woodworker’s directory’, cooped up, coppicing, cord, cove and cross shakes all feature in part 10 of Peter Bishop’s timber directory; next up, Roger Spratley explains the basics of CNC machines, how they can be used to augment the tools you already have, as well as expanding what you can do; and in ‘Home truths’, Edward Hopkins meets Devon-based cabinetmaker, David Lloyd.

The work of 20th century master carver Gino Masero, as featured in the April 1966 issue of The Woodworker
The work of 20th century master carver Gino Masero, as featured in the April 1966 issue of The Woodworker

In our features section, we have some gems, including an archive piece from Robin Gates that sees him revisiting the work of 20th century master carver Gino Masero, as featured in the April 1966 issue of The Woodworker; next, carrying on from the last issue, joiner Gareth Jones continues his tale of orangery repair woes as he has the pleasure of encountering a rather terse land agent; as outlined above, we take a closer look at the award-winning work of the 2018-19 Long Course Graduates on the Peter Sefton Furniture School Furniture Design & Maker’s Course; in ‘Me and my workshop’, join us as we take a look around the workshop of Devon-based Musical Instrument Engineer, Walter Havinga; in ‘Modern woodworking’, Anselm Fraser advises budding furniture makers to follow their passion; next, in a special feature, furniture designer-maker Jeremy Broun challenges the status quo of the one-off market by inviting fellow maker Andrew Lawton to argue the case at the Gordon Russell Design Museum; and last but not least, in ‘End-grain’, Edward Hopkins explores the subject of decking.

We take a closer look at the fantastic Nova Voyager DVR 18in Drill Press
We take a closer look at the fantastic Nova Voyager DVR 18in Drill Press

In terms of the kit we have on test this month, you are in for a real treat, as we bring you an exclusive review of the Nova Voyager DVR 18in Drill Press, which Jonathan Salisbury has the pleasure of testing. Awarding it the full five stars, he says it is of exceptional quality, quiet in operation, and easy to set up for every type of drill imaginable. He also finds time to look at the Micro Jig MATCHFIT Dovetail Clamp Pro, before Jamie Smith gets to grips with the Ryobi ONE+ AirStrike 18ga nailer, which forms part of their ever-growing ONE+ range. And in mini tests, Phil Davy checks out two new tools from Faithfull’s Prestige range: their angle gauge and mitre saw protractor.

In this issue, you’ll also find full details of the fantastic Alan Peters Furniture Award 2020, so, if you haven’t done so already, have a look at the website and download your application form now. Help us champion UK furniture making talent while celebrating the life and work of the late Alan Peters OBE. There’s some fantastic prizes on offer as well as the opportunity to have your work displayed in a top gallery, so do not delay!

We also have a whole range of prizes up for grabs in this issue, featuring Triton’s T6PHJ Pocket-Hole Jigs and Faithfull’s Prestige Combination Squares plus Tri-Scale Engineer Rules. See inside the issue for details on how you can be in with a chance of winning one of these amazing tools - good luck! As well as all this, you can also expect to find all your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips, plus much more!

We hope you enjoy the November issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!

Tegan Foley, Editor

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