Why not have a go at making Phil Davyís festive tealight holders?
Why not have a go at making Phil Davy’s festive tealight holders?

Well, believe it or not, Christmas isn’t far away, and we hope we can add to the enjoyment with our December issue, which contains a fair few festive projects to entertain you during the colder months. If general woodworking is more your bag, why not have a go at making Phil Davy’s festive tealight holders, or if you fancy dusting off your lathe, then how about Les Thorne’s turned snowman and reindeer ornaments? All are fun projects sure to put a smile on the faces of friends and family! Of course, we also have a variety of other items for you to make, including Andrew Hall’s novel design for a turned vase and box in one - or a ‘vox’ as he likes to call it; Phil Davy also shares his design for a new exterior door and frame, before Mitch Wilmoth shows you how to make your very own hand-crafted mallet in white oak and walnut.

Planing up timber is warming winter work for Robin Gates
Planing up timber is warming winter work for Robin Gates

This time of year also gives you a great excuse to polish up your technical skills, or indeed learn some new ones. So with that in mind, join Robin Gates as he fires up the paraffin lamp to stop his bench freezing over, makes a wonky branchwood tree, and experiments with log dishes and spatulas as gifts. Also, Edward Hopkins brings us the next instalment in his ‘Home Truths’ series; Dave Roberts visits Foel Ortho in the Welsh Borderlands as he learns about creativity, and all that jazz; and in the first of a new two-parter, Peter Bishop starts by covering some of the theory involved when repairing and restoring wooden furniture.

James McKay in his self-built workshop
James McKay in his self-built workshop

In our ‘Features’ section, Robin Gates’ bedtime story of marquetry is called into question by the July 1947 issue of The Woodworker; we head over the pond to find out more about 76-year-old retired doctor, Richard Knazek, whose workshop is situated in North Carolina; discover how furniture designer and maker James McKay is flying the flag for Northern furniture talent and fusing traditional and contemporary techniques along the way; and last but not least, Edward Hopkins gives us a lesson in how to stay dry on Salisbury Plain…

Colin Simpsonís turned platter with Chestnut iridescent paint rim
Colin Simpson’s turned platter with Chestnut iridescent paint rim

Moving on to our ’On Test’ section, who needs a better excuse than Christmas to add a few new tools to the never-ending wish list? Yes, there’s some great new kit out there, including the impressive Bosch Professional ProCORE 18V 4Ah battery; Chestnut Products’ iridescent paints, which are perfect for jazzing up your turnings; Infinity Tools’ coving bit 37-951 is expertly engineered; the Bessey GearKlamp GK30 is perfect for cramping in restricted spaces; and last but not least, the affordable and easy to read Kinex Black Coat rule will make a great addition to your workbench. 

Peter Seftonís Ultimate Thickness Planer DVD series - get your hands on a set today! Peter Seftonís Ultimate Thickness Planer DVD series - get your hands on a set today!
Peter Sefton’s Ultimate Thickness Planer DVD series - get your hands on a set today!

As usual, we also have a great competition for you - this time giving three lucky readers the chance to get their hands on Peter Sefton’s Ultimate Thickness Planer DVD series, worth £39.98 - plus we also have all your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips, which we’ve just confirmed is running for another 12 issues! All this and much more in the December issue of The Woodworker incorporating Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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