Among all the usual ingredients in your favourite woodworking magazine, we’ve unearthed a couple of entertaining stories this month with a distinctly outdoor flavour. The first is a description of the restoration of an old cider mill, a job that contributor Peter Bishop took on with relish. We suspect he was paid in pints…
The second story also has a boozy connection! It started life with a bet in the pub that Kieran Felton couldn’t resist – a challenge to build a working wooden motorbike. His mate Andy Bell originally posted the story on our website, but we couldn’t resist letting our magazine readers in on the outcome. It’s an extraordinary piece of work!
We have four regular projects for you in this issue, ranging from fine cabinetmaking to a chainsaw massacre (almost). They are
• Cupboard love – Peter Nicholson presents a stunning wardrobe in sycamore that features an unusual set of tambour doors and two deep storage drawers, embellished with a wealth of fine detail
• A scroll in the park – Peter Bishop carves some unusual oak garden seats in the shape of an open scroll with the help of a small chainsaw, an unorthodox technique that actually works rather well
• First aid post – Peter Dunsmore makes a classic panelled wall cabinet from a selection of workshop offcuts. It was intended to be a medicine cupboard, but could serve many other purposes
• T is for trinket – Gordon Warr describes how to make a gift box in the shape of a tea caddy, and also tells the fascinating story of why tea was so prized and why a caddy is called that
 
In the Workshop section, Andy Standing presents the second feature in his new workshop machinery series, in which he looks at ways of using the table saw to cut a variety of classic woodworking joints. Alan Holtham describes how he designed and made a clever router workstation that fits on a standard portable workbench and stops him from getting backache when working on location. Gordon Warr takes a look at low-angle planes, while Keith Smith’s regular Shop Notes finds him taking a rare day off and bemoaning the effect red tape has on the sort of small joinery shop he operates. You’ll also find a clever way to cut cornice mouldings, and learn how to make a fine marking knife.
 
There’s a faintly fruity feel to the turning section this month, as Roger Berwick describes how he fulfilled a recent commission to create a large yew platter so its owner could display her collection of turned fruit to best effect. Bob Chapman tackles the turning of a pair of large pears destined to be part of an advertising campaign, and explains how he overcame some of the challenges they posed. Chris Child wraps up his survey of essential turning tools with a look at scrapers. 
 
Lastly, our regular test section includes reports on the following tools and equipment:
• Jet 60A planer
• Metabo KS66 Plus circular saw and guide rail
• Record SM100 spindle moulder
• Kity MB16 bench mortiser
• Co-Matic M3 Baby power feed
• DeWalt DCD925L2 combi drill
• Robert Sorby modular tool rest system
 
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