Summer may seem to be a long way away as the rain falls relentlessly, but our June issue is full of ideas that will make you want to throw the workshop window open and let the sunshine in. We also have a couple of new contributors to welcome aboard. Let’s start with a look at this month’s projects…

• Two bites of the cherry – Roger Berwick presents the first instalment of a two-part build featuring a stunning alcove dresser. This month he describes the background to the commission and tackles constructing the base
• A place of safety – Gordon Warr explains why small projects such as his walnut jewellery chest can be just as involved as larger pieces. It’s a fine piece of miniature cabinetmaking that will utilise all your woodworking abilities
• Standing wave – Kerry Donovan uses some oak and chestnut offcuts to create an unusual pair of occasional tables featuring sinuous S-shaped central pedestals and an unusual joint detail
• Throw in the towel! – Terry Diss, one of our new contributors, describes how he designed and made a guestroom towel rail featuring some highly unusual angles that will exercise your setting-out and jointmaking skills

In our Workshop section, Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking magazine, talks about marking and setting out your work. He explains this important procedure in detail and recommends the use of a rod to make life easier. Andy Standing’s essential workshop guide finishes its run with a look at routers and router tables, and details what you need to bear in mind when choosing portable power tools to suit your requirements. New contributor Robert Couldwell describes how buying a vertical panel saw has changed his workshop forever. Meanwhile, Keith Smith reaches his Shop Notes half-century with a flourish and describes the design and construction of an unusual mobile kitchen cabinet.

The Turning shop takes a look at a couple of unusual topics this month. Ian Wilkie explains how unexpectedly useful a number of metalworking tools such as hacksaws, files and an engineer’s vice can be to the woodturner. In ‘Turns, nuts and bolts’, Colin Simpson apologises to Lynne Truss for the appalling title, and introduces some ideas for turning projects featuring banksia nuts. Last but not least, Chris Child revisits an eternally popular subject as he presents an unusual two-tier tower with a tripod stand will hold up to 12 standard glass spice jars.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Axminster BTS10ST table saw
• Dremel DSM20 compact circular saw
• Einhell Multimaxx multi-tools
• FAMAG 1622 Bormax Forstner bits
• Mafell KSP55F circular saw with guide rail
• Makita BHS630 18V cordless circular saw
• Trend combination router base
• Trend mini hex key set
• Trend safety goggles


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