After last month’s amazing wooden motorbike story, we couldn’t resist following up with the story of Alan Turner’s one-string guitar – the aptly named diddley bow – which he made after seeing one being played at the recent Reading music festival. He says it’s the perfect instrument for the budding blues guitarist, and explains in detail how you can build one yourself…
Once again we have four regular projects for you in this issue, one of which you can make in a day and another that will take you a great deal longer. Each has its own story to tell.
• Time and again – Roger Berwick tells the tale of a commission to create four bracket clocks in identical style, but made from four different woods and destined for four themed bedrooms in a local guest house
• The great divide – Doug Barratt explains the ins and outs of replacing a pair of sliding room dividers with stylish new glazed doors in American white oak
• Low profile – Peter Dunsmore offers a design for an attractive living-room table with a full-width drawer that provides useful storage space as well as making the project a little more challenging
• Simple treasures – Ian Wilkie presents a glazed display case he built to house some 00-gauge model railway engines, but which could easily show off other models as the dimensions can easily be varied
 
In the Workshop section you’ll find the latest instalment in Andy Standing’s ongoing series about workshop machinery, in which he describes setting up and using the bandsaw. Alan Holtham tackles an unusual bit of traditional woodworking for use on a table with folding leaves, by cutting a specimen hinge joint by hand. Keith Smith finishes off installing the period windows he’s been making, restores a fallen finial and makes a start on a fitted kitchen problem by extolling the virtues of the latest laser levels. Lastly, Colin Simpson describes how he goes about converting fallen wood into stock for his woodturning business…
 
…all of which leads neatly into our regular selection of turning features. In the first, Alan Holtham describes his adventures with an unusual turning technique known as cut-and-paste that involves cutting workpieces up and reassembling them in different arrangements. Chris Child creates a short standard lamp that’s perfect for reading in bed or in a comfy fireside chair, while Gordon Warr introduces a novel turning technique as he recreates a classic wine table.
 
Lastly, our regular test section includes reports on the following tools and equipment:
• Jet JPM-13CSX thicknesser
• Triton Multi-Stand MSA200
• Scheppach ts2010 table saw
• Triton Superjaws SJA200
• DeWalt Extreme impact driver bits
• Mafell KSP55 24V cordless circular saw
• Triton Series 2000 WCA201 Workcentre
 
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