The Woodworker magazine July 2012So far 2012 has been a pretty mixed bag weather-wise, but at least it has guaranteed plenty of workshop time… so long as the patter of raindrops falling on the roof hasn’t driven you mad. Our latest issue aims to keep you busy as the summer holidays loom. Let’s start as usual with a look at our regular crop of projects…

• Going for growth – Duncan Rose describes a commission from some friends to make a decorated storage cabinet to house their ever-growing collection of film DVDs. This month he tackles the intricate marquetry work and the making of the carcase, and next month he’ll make the drawers and complete the cabinet
• Highly strung – new contributor Paul Bodiam presents the first part of a series of articles on building a tenor ukulele. In recent years there’s been a huge renaissance of interest in this instrument, so we thought we’d show you how to make one
• Community chest – Peter Bishop reports that his wife has been asking for a blanket chest in which to store out-of-season bedding. Finding a bit of time on his hands recently, he decided to make her a panelled oak coffer and do the job properly!

In our Workshop section Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking magazine, continues his journey through the basics of woodworking practice by explaining what’s what in mechanical joints. Peter Parfitt completes his tailor-made workbench by building the pedestals, fitting the storage drawers and finishing off the benchtop. Routing guru Ron Fox takes a look at the availability and use of some of the many commercial templates and work aids that help make the router the exceptionally versatile tool it is. Meanwhile Keith Smith throws his workshop doors open and takes us on a guided tour around the woodworker’s equivalent of Doctor Who’s Tardis!

Our Turning section features just two projects this month. Alan Holtham concludes his look at spalted wood, so highly prized as a raw material by woodturners, by turning a beech bowl and demonstrating some of the techniques you need to master to turn spalted wood successfully. Colin Simpson returns to the ever-popular subject of turned boxes and presents three ways of creating these desirable little masterpieces.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Axminster double-bevel marking knife
• Draper BS315 bandsaw
• Draper 09536 bench-top spindle moulder
• Elmer’s glues
• Festool TS55R circular saw
• Flexidisc sanding system
• JCB RO1500 plunge router
• Makita LH1200FL combination table/mitre saw
• Veritas miniature planes

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