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The Indian summer is finally at an end and autumn is slowly taking hold. The shadows lengthen as the leaves fall, and it’s time to turn the heating on in the workshop. But don’t worry; you’ll still have plenty to do there once you’ve browsed through the latest issue. We have another bundle of projects, techniques and tests ready for you to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. Let’s start as usual with a look at the Projects section.
 
• Nine times table - Roger Berwick describes a unique commission to create an oak dining suite with a difference for a client’s garden room. The table and chairs sit on unique nine-sided pedestals - a real test of ingenuity for any woodworker with an interest in geometry. They look pretty stunning too!

• Medieval challenge - Vere Shannon builds a realistic toy castle for his two grandsons, who had a large collection of knights in armour and nowhere to play with them. It’s got towers and ramparts, a working drawbridge and portcullis, and there’s even a dungeon. He’ll complete the build in next month’s issue, in time for Christmas.

• In the apple store - Peter Bishop picks his apple harvest and builds a traditional storage rack to keep his crop fresh for the winter. The sturdy open racks are designed to facilitate air circulation, and can be customised with stencils to identify the various varieties in store.

In our Workshop section, Paul Sellers describes how he learned his craft and decided to pass his knowledge on to students young and old by creating his Artisan Course. Not only does he teach it at his New Legacy School of Woodworking in North Wales; he’s now published it as a 320-page book and an accompanying set of seven DVDs, which are available from www.myhobbystore.co.uk. You can sample the course in the free DVD included with the magazine.
Meanwhile, Ron Fox carries on routing with a look at guide bushes, and Andy Standing continues his series on portable power tools with a round-up of what’s what in circular saws. And there’s more of Keith Smith in his inimitable Shop Notes feature, plus another batch of gadgets for woodworkers.

The woodturners among you have a varied bag to dip into this month. Colin Simpson explains how you can turn a set of matching cabriole legs for a small footstool - a project he’ll complete next month. Chris Child looks at eight ways of holding bowl blanks while you turn them, to help you choose the right technique for the job in hand. Finally, Ian Wilkie designs and turns a three-tiered stand to fit inside a classical glass display dome.
 
Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:

• Bosch GEX 125-1 AE random orbit sander

• Radian four-flute router cutter

• Bosch GSR 18V-Li cordless drill/driver

• Veritas small plough plane

• Woodster pt106 planer thicknesser

• SIP 01950 mortiser with cabinet stand

•Makita BUC 122 cordless chainsaw
 
 
• DeWalt DW433 belt sander
 
 
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