“Remember, remember the fifth of November…” is a rhyme every child learns at school, and it’s a timely reminder that fireworks are just around the corner. We’ve certainly got a brilliant show for you in the magazine this month, with a great selection of eye-catching projects and a wide range of other features for you to read and enjoy. Let’s kick off with our star builds…
• Story time – Duncan Rose describes making a pair of highly unusual low bookcases in ash with flared legs and attractively curved tops, destined to house his daughter’s growing library. You can make just one if you wish, or build as many as you need.
• Put your feet up – Kerry Donovan follows up the ash recliner he presented in our September issue with a matching footstool. It features the same laminated curves, and is designed to stow away behind the chair when it’s not in use.
• Crossing the bridge – Paul Bodiam’s series on making a tenor ukulele nears its close, as he fits the back, adds the bindings and the decoration to the body, and creates the bridge. There’s just one more stage to go now…
• Lying low – Peter Bishop creates an oak futon base that’s cleverly designed in knock-down form so it’s easy to put up when it’s needed or to put away when it’s not.

In our Workshop section Andy King, the technical editor of Good Woodworking, starts a brand new series on workshop equipment with a look at the first machine in the production line, the table saw. He describes its features and explains how to get the best out of it. Former Woodworker editor Zachary Taylor shares his experience of restoring an old bench plane to tip-top condition, and Australian Peter Natoli reveals the secrets behind a cunning adjustable bench he’s designed that offers a range of working heights. Last but by no means least, Keith Smith dreams of building a classical guitar and repairs a tent for his local medieval re-enactment society.

Our turning section is short and sweet this month, with a simple project described and a complex technique explained. Ian Wilkie solves the clothes moth problem by turning some attractive deterrent discs in Cedar of Lebanon to hang in your wardrobes. Meanwhile Colin Simpson explains the ins and outs of boring long holes, and puts technique into practice by turning a base for a table lamp from a block of beautifully spalted wood.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Veritas optical centre punch
• Bosch GSS 230/280 AVE orbital sanders
• Parkside PNTS 1500 B2 vacuum cleaner
• Woodster Divar 55 saw system
• Dremel 3000 multi-tool
• Veritas sliding square
• Jet JML-1014 mini lathe

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