The Woodworker, September 2016

Robin Gates shaping a handle for a set of Scotch augers using the spokeshave

Robin Gates shaping a handle for a set of Scotch augers using the spokeshave

We have a great September issue in store for you and the start of a fantastic two-part series on wood boring from Robin Gates, who is also this month’s cover star. In the first instalment, he looks at a variety of hand methods that can be employed and admits to a grudging admiration for woodworm! Other great projects include Ian Wilkie’s riding stables build - a perfect project to make for any young budding equestrian! We also have a great kitchen project from James Brolly, or if you want to make something a little more challenging, check out Dominic Collings’ nest of fine oak tables.

Ian Wilkie’s riding stable project is ideal for any young budding equestrian

Ian Wilkie’s riding stable project is ideal for any young budding equestrian

In terms of technical articles, the Editor also brings us part 2 of his wardrobe build, which sees him complete glue-up and take a step back before the final paint job is applied, and he also finds time to consider the subject of woodworking safety and the perils of unguarded machines. If you need some tips on staying safe in the workshop, then do take a look.

The main men behind Stiles and Bates: Pete (right) and his father Dave

The main men behind Stiles and Bates: Pete (right) and his father Dave

For this month’s features, we find out more about family business and woodturning specialists Stiles and Bates, as Andy King ventures over to Dover to visit the premises of ‘the woodturning people’; and in ‘Timeslip’, Peter Baker discusses the intricacies of sharpening tools and how he was taught to ‘do it properly’ – lessons that have stayed with him until this day. In ‘Archive’, we go a little off piste with an article from The Woodworker of April 1952, which tackles the tricky task of building your own refrigerator – not something we would likely tackle today but certainly a source of inspiration for many a maker.

Colin Simpson’s wonderful ‘Nebula’ bowl

Colin Simpson’s wonderful ‘Nebula’ bowl

In turning and carving, returning from a little break, Colin Simpson takes inspiration from our great galaxy to create his eye-catching ‘Nebula’ bowl with a cosmic twist, before Bernard Greatrix shows that with a handful of tools and a little imagination, woodcarving can enhance your projects.

Using the Veritas tapered snug plug cutters, you’re left with a tidy - and almost invisible – fixing

Using the Veritas tapered snug plug cutters, you’re left with a tidy - and almost invisible – fixing

We also have some great kit on test, including the Milwaukee M18 BP 18V planer, the Charnwood BS350 Premium bandsaw, Triton’s 12V drill & driver set and the Veritas tapered snug plug cutters, which the Editor was a big fan of!
This issue also sees the start of a fantastic competition from Felder Group UK, which will be running over the next six months. All you need to do is build a piece of furniture, document the process, then submit a short amount of text and accompanying photos and you could be chosen as one of the final five. There is a wonderful range of prizes up for grabs, so see inside this issue for further details of how to enter. Good luck!

You can also expect to find all your favourite pages, including timber directory, readers’ letters, AOB and diary. 

All this and much more in the September issue of The Woodworker, which is now on sale!