Winter hasn’t loosened its icy grip just yet, and the workshop is probably still a rather cold and uninviting place to be. So settling down in a comfortable chair with the new edition of The Woodworker and just thinking about your next project is a very sensible option. Here’s what we have in store for you this month.

• Vanishing point – New contributor Kerry Donovan presents an ingenious toy chest in oak and chestnut that makes a superb living-room centrepiece once the sliding top panels are closed.
• Made to measure – Ben Plewes explains how he converted an unused alcove in his Victorian house into a smart storage unit with room for a flat-screen television and an assortment of books.
• A winning round – Gordon Warr describes how to make a round occasional table in mahogany with a clever pivoting leg that folds away when it’s not in use.
• Hanging committee – Ian Wilkie tackles the challenge of creating some simple display solutions for his wife’s embroideries and tapestries.

In our Workshop section, Alan Holtham extols the advantages of horizontal router tables and shows you how to make one in an afternoon. Andy Standing compares the performance of three jointing jigs – Beadlock, pocket hole and dowel – and tries out some Miller dowels too. Peter Parfitt builds a cyclone from a kit and teams it up with his workshop extractor system, Keith Smith presents his final five must-have woodworking gadgets and ruminates on the choice of kitchen worktop materials in his regular Shop Notes column.

In the turning shop this month we have a couple of projects and a new technique for you. Colin Simpson turns a simple off-centre bowl and decorates its rim by scorching it with a blowtorch and filling it full of holes. Bob Chapman laminates half a dozen hardwood offcuts and turns the resulting block into something vaguely familiar. Meanwhile new contributor Rod Tallack describes the techniques involved in stave jointing, and uses them to create a unique five-sided bowl.

Finally, our regular test section has reviews this month of the following tools and equipment:
• Cyclone Central 100mm kit
• Jet JWBS-9 bandsaw
• Axminster AWSMS102 mitre saw
• Axminster deluxe mitre saw stand
• Bosch GBH 18V-Li cordless SDS+ hammer drill
• Proxxon DS460 two-speed fretsaw
• Festool OF 2200 router
 
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