As we work out way towards the end of 2020, we aim to bring you the perfect mix of woodworking and woodturning projects, together with some fantastic tests of new tools, technical articles, as well as some inspirational features. We hope you enjoy this month's issue!

 

Projects & turning

As always, our projects section is varied and has something for everyone, starting with the second part of Matthew White's Esherick-inspired music stand build, which sees him finishing the upgraded piece; next, also this month's cover star, inspired by the roaring '20s, Dave Roberts goes all stylish and turns an Art Deco clock; Geoff Ryan shares a quick and easy way of building a substantial flat-pack desk with the option of adding a separate printer/storage unit; Les Thorne’s child-sized stool requires only fairly simple faceplate work; Zac Matchett-Smith makes a pair of bedside tables by cutting lengths of walnut and ash into thin strips before setting about gluing them all together; and last but not least, we look at how a reproduction Generation Weil Chair can be simply made using a few clamps, glue and a selection of Dremel multi-tools. 

 

Technical

In our technical section, in the last of this series, Simon Frost puts the finishing touches to his start-up diary as he embarks on a work experience role within a professional furniture making business; and in the next section of his 'woodworker's encyclopedia', Peter Bishop gets a bit ‘crusty’ about certain definitions and, to cap it all, is unsure of what to call himself!

 

Features

If you're a fan of features, this hand-picked selection will be sure to please, as we bring you another 'Archive' helping from Robin Gates, as his picks up the August 1907 issue of The Woodworker & Art Metal Worker & Allied Crafts Journal and gets glued to the cover; plus, we have an exclusive full rundown of episodes and contestants from Sky HISTORY's brand-new series, The Chop: Britain’s Top Woodworker, which is due to air on Thursday 15 October; next, John Greeves reports on the recent restoration of the magnificent Mayflower II, to mark its upcoming 400th anniversary; School Principal Tom Fraser talks to student James Bullen about how he came to study at The Chippendale International School of Furniture; Jeremy Broun recollects his time at the unique Shoreditch College – the stories, the projects, the people – and in particular his tutor, John Penfold, whose methodical approach stood out as inspirational; and as another month passes, we bring you a new selection of woodworking greats from the online world of Instagram in Take 5.

On test

t's almost time to start filling out those Christmas lists, and we've certainly got some great new kit in store for you. Phil Davy starts by looking at the SKIL 5810 circular saw, which performs as well as many pricier alternatives; followed by the Triton TQTRSS orbital palm sander, which is particularly handy for regular sanding of corners and panels, as well as convex surfaces. If hand tools are more your bag, however, then be sure to check out Simon Frost's review of the Auriou Cabinet Maker’s Rasps, which he couldn't help but award five stars.

Win!

Our competition this month is brought to you by Trend, who are giving two lucky readers the chance to win up to £100 worth of abrasives from their new Zirconium, Mesh and Aluminium oxide abrasives range. Good luck to all those of you who enter!

In other exciting news, we have taken the decision, in conjunction with our sponsors and organiser Jeremy Broun, to relaunch the ongoing Alan Peters Furniture Award as an online only event, which will also include a virtual exhibition of winning entries. The new entry deadline is 28 February 2021, and full details can be found in this issue, as well as online. We look forward to seeing what you make, so be sure to get busy in your workshops as time is running out!

Regulars

Also, 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 our November issue today, or why not subscribe