Peter Bishop’s novel Land Rover wedding card and gift box
Peter Bishop’s novel Land Rover wedding card and gift box

Welcome to our first issue of 2019, and we’re pleased to announce that we have a whole host of woodworking and woodturning content for you to enjoy - why not call is a late Christmas present from us! in terms of projects, we have the first of Shaun Newman’s three-part series on building your own iconic Renaissance instrument - the luthier’s lute - and in the first of a series re-run, Dave Roberts copies a ceramic artefact salvaged from the deep. Next, undertaking another usual commission, Peter Bishop is tasked with making a wedding card gift box based on the design of an original Series One Land Rover; Phil Davy gives an old piece of furniture that had seen some serious family action a welcome facelift; Cameron Sidgwick’s rustic wooden bed frame and matching table can be easily constructed using reclaimed timber; and based on a project he made many years ago, Les Thorne’s insert ring bowl design in ash and bubinga is open to individual interpretation.

Contrasting hand-cut dovetails add interest to this fairly plain box by Michael Forster
Contrasting hand-cut dovetails add interest to this fairly plain box by Michael Forster

If techniques are more your thing, join Michael Forster as he discusses, in the first of a new four-part series, the essential kit and skills you’ll need to start hand-cutting dovetails, before the end of autumn finds Dave Roberts circling back to The Old Vic’ through a different kind of borderland. And last but not least, in the second of his two-part series, Peter Bishop shares a number of examples of repairs that he’s successfully carried out.

A selection of punts
A selection of punts

Next up, in our features section, Robin Gates trawls early issues of The Woodworker reflecting on a prominent feature of the home that’s disappeared, and finds an example from January 1929 offering hope for its revival; and in the first of a new series, Anselm Fraser, principal of the Chippendale International School of Furniture, looks at woodworking as a creative outlet. In ‘Me & my workshop’, we find out more about Holiday Lodge Developer Matt Morgan’s workshop, which is situated on a  farm in Devon; John Greeves talks to Andy Lonnen about his enduring passion for punt building; and in this month’s ’End-grain’, Edward Hopkins discusses the cute factor.

A floor nozzle is provided for vacuuming, which can be stored on the end of the Ryobi ONE+ Project Vac
A floor nozzle is provided for vacuuming, which can be stored on the end of the Ryobi ONE+ Project Vac

To kick off the New Year, we also have a varied range of kit and tools on test, starting with the Ryobi ONE+ Project Vac, which, as Phil Davy discovers, is lightweight, portable and convenient. Next, awarded the full five stars is the new range of LED torches from Trend, and the Kunz No.100 squirrel tail plane and the Axcalibur Forstner bit set are also highly recommended.

Be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Triton SJA100E SuperJaws portable clamping systems
Be in with a chance of winning 1 of 5 Triton SJA100E SuperJaws portable clamping systems

We also have a great competition running, this time in conjunction with Triton, which gives five lucky readers the chance win their very own SJA100E SuperJaws portable clamping system – worth £88.33 each. And as usual, we also have all your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month, letters and readers’ tips. All this and much more in the January 2019 issue of The Woodworker & Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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