Christmas is coming and we are very excited to share our new issue with you, which features a remade Land Rover project from the Christmas 1955 edition as well as a few other festive treats for you to enjoy.

PROJECTS & TURNING

 

In our projects & turning section, Robin Gates starts off proceedings by honing his hand skills while making a hybrid vice for bigger boards using two Record Juniors and reclaimed oak linings; next, Peter Dunsmore makes his very own Land Rover trio with various paint jobs and finishes; Carl Jacobson shows you how to turn a fun snow couple using leftover pieces of timber, which will make the perfect festive addition to any home; a very prestige project sees Les Thorne make a candlestick that combines Victorian style with a contemporary finish; Jiefu Yu's 'pure' table and stool set is assembled without the use of glue or any fixing devices, relying solely on precise joints for its strength and integrity; and last but not least, Phil Davy’s cabinet construction can be adapted to suit any type of storage, from first aid items to CDs.

TECHNICAL

 

In our technical section, Peter Bishop shares an interesting selection of definitions in the Ks and Ls as he brings us the next instalment of his 'Woodworker's encyclopaedia' series; and ahead of the entry deadline for the Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2021, Jeremy Broun shares his top tips and highlights key points for creating your own exhibition quality piece.

FEATURES

 

In features, starting off with 'Archive', heavy rain confines Robin Gates to his shed with the November 1934 issue of The Woodworker; Principal Tom Fraser provides a roundup of the Chippendale School’s 35th annual Graduate Exhibition and Sale before we give you the full lowdown on the work of 2020’s graduates; next, Paul Greer looks at archery over the ages and the evolution of wood as a primary material; and last but not least, the Kebony Christmas tree from Habitree is the perfect ingredient for a sustainable festive season.

 

ON TEST

On the test bench this month, Jonathan Salisbury looks at the Axminster Trade Ultimate Edge variable speed sharpening system, which he finds easy to use although a little on the costly side, while Jamie Smith thinks that the Mafell MT55 18M BL cordless plunge saw is one of the best on the market. 

As it's almost Christmas, we've got two competitions running, giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 Triton TQTRSS orbital palm sanders as well as a Clarke Buckingham 6Kw multi-fuel stove. You can enter either one or both, so good luck to all! 

We're also edging closer to the deadline of the newly-launched Alan Peters Online Furniture Award 2021, and you can read all about it on our special spread, or visit Jeremy Broun's website where you can see an introductory video and also download an application form.

And in addition to all of the above, we have your usual favourite pages, including news, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips, plus much more! Don’t forget to keep sending in your top workshop tips as we have a fantastic Veritas apron plane with PM-V11 blade up for grabs each month. Pick up your copy of the Dec/Jan issue today, or why not subscribe