Rick Wheaton’s resin-filled table is made using a plank of 1.6m long split yew
Rick Wheaton’s resin-filled table is made using a plank of 1.6m long split yew

Welcome to our February issue, which is filled with our usual mix of projects, technical articles, features and a whole lot more. As we make our way into 2019, you can be sure to find something to ignite your imagination and inspire you to develop your skills. In terms of what you can expect to find this month, projects-wise, in the second part of his series, Shaun Newman discusses the making and attaching of the lute’s soundboard and fingerboard; next, taking inspiration from a similar project found online, Rick Wheaton makes his own resin-filled table using a plank of 1.6m long split yew; the lid of Phil Davy’s poplar, oak and softwood bread box doubles up as a cutting board; in part 2 of his series, Dave Roberts shows how to complete the base and lids of his pair of apothecary delights; Peter Bishop’s clever design for an iPad docking station helped to solve his daughter’s problems at work; and last but not least, also this month’s cover star, Les Thorne’s candlestick pair offers turners a good opportunity to practise their copy turning skills.

Edward Hopkins’ bespoke coffin/shelving unit
Edward Hopkins’ bespoke coffin/shelving unit

Also, in this month’s collection of technical articles, Edward Hopkins has the last word as he designs his own bespoke coffin/shelving unit; in the next part of his dovetail series, Michael Forster moves on to looking at the marking and cutting of dovetail tails; in ‘Borderlands’, in praise of solid-state technology, Dave Roberts admires the subtlety of one of the woodworker’s simplest tools; Peter Bishop looks at the designing and making of furniture and how you can make your furniture designs pleasing to the eye; before Colin Lloyd shares his many tips and techniques on using scrollsaws, from deciding on materials, to making your own patterns, to choosing a suitable machine.

Dulcimer maker, Tim Manning
Dulcimer maker, Tim Manning

Moving on to our February features, an encounter with a Victorian treadle lathe sends Robin Gates to The Woodworker archives of 1919 in search of information on these magnificent machines; Owen Evans talks to Tim Manning about his love of specialist instruments and how he goes about making one of his signature pieces; Anselm Fraser, principal of The Chippendale International School of Furniture, looks at setting goals and objectives with your woodworking; and in ‘Me & my workshop’, we visit Cornwall-based designer and maker, Stuart Lamble.

The Micro Fence - Edge Guide from Wood Worker’s Workshop is dead easy to use
The Micro Fence - Edge Guide from Wood Worker’s Workshop is dead easy to use

In our ‘on test’ section we have some fantastic new year kit, including the DeWalt DCS334P2 18V XR jigsaw, which is capable of fast blade changing and bevel setting, as well as the Micro Fence - Edge Guide - a beautifully made router accessory, which is ideal for boxmakers and cabinetmakers who demand precision. And last but by no means least, John Lloyd puts the Laguna P|Flux 1 Cyclone - ‘the world’s most beautiful dust extractor’ - through its paces and finds it to be an excellent piece of kit, if a little expensive.

Fancy winning your very own HiKOKI C3606DA Multi Volt (36V) Brushless circular saw?
Fancy winning your very own HiKOKI C3606DA Multi Volt (36V) Brushless circular saw?

We also have a brand-new competition for you to enter, which gives one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic HiKOKI C3606DA Multi Volt (36V) Brushless circular saw, which also comes complete with 2 x 2.5Ah Multi Volt batteries and fast charger - good luck to all those who enter! And as usual, we also have all your usual favourite pages for you to enjoy, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips. All this and much more in the February 2019 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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