The woodworker cover image for November 12In this month’s issue of The Woodworker…

November 2013

I don't know about you but this year seems to have been speeding past at a rate of knots. It's also helping me get over my superstitious fear of the number 13; so far it's not been too bad and most of my jobs and projects have been completed with little in the way of actual disasters. I hope it's been the same for you the reader; if you fancy a bit of encouragement, take a look at what's in the latest issue of your favourite woodworking magazine:

The animated woodworker
Charles Mak describes how to make a simple automaton – a moving model – that depicts a hardworking joiner planing some stock at his bench

Good looking end grain
Peter Bishop makes a useful and attractive chopping board for the kitchen or dining room, with dimensions that can be varied to suit the end user

Clear the decks for action
Ian Wilkie says that there are lots of uses for thin wood strips, from inlay work to nautical models, and explains how to use a range of specialist machines to prepare small stock

Recipe, chef!
Gordon Warr designs and builds a versatile kitchen shelf and drawer unit in Cherry that’s perfect for keeping your favourite cookbooks together and close to hand

The frugal table
Recent graduate William Green explores reducing wastage by making the largest piece of functional furniture he could from a piece of timber 2.3m long and 120 x 80mm in section

Way down in the forest…
David Saltmarsh presents a snapshot of life on a smallholding in West Dorset, where he makes traditional Windsor chairs from local materials

A woodworker’s ABC
Andy Standing continues his light-hearted series with a look at woodworking terms beginning with the letter T (and I can't believe he didn't include Tea either!)

Looking after your grinding wheels
Alan Holtham bemoans the fact that few people bother about basic care and maintenance of what is potentially one of their most dangerous machines: the double-ended grinder

One scoop or two
Chris Child presents a highly unusual take on a traditional woodturning project – making a scoop with a handle that actually started life as part of a bowl

*New Series* A beginner’s guide
Colin Simpson presents the first article in a short but highly useful series that aims to make turning accessible to the complete novice. This month he discusses what to look for in choosing a lathe

Boxing clever
Professional turner Bob Chapman spells out ten simple points that will help you to turn better boxes, and describes a set of several variations on a basic theme

We also look at a whole bunch of new kit, including tools and machines from:

Woodster (pt65 planer thicknesser)
Bosch (PSR Select cordless screwdriver)
Scheppach (Basa 4.0 bandsaw)
Proxxon (DH40 thicknesser)
Black & Decker (Gyro screwdriver)
Stanley (Bailey chisel set)
Veritas (fine-tooth dovetail saw)
Record Power (CX3000 chip extractor)
Qiangsheng (marking gauge)
Trend (hand mitre shears)