Shaun Newmanís early Viennese guitar in the style of Johann Georg Staufer
Shaun Newman’s early Viennese guitar in the style of Johann Georg Staufer

The August issue of The Woodworker incorporating Good Woodworking is now on sale and we have a varied selection of fantastic content for you to enjoy. Having received great feedback from our readers regarding our new ‘super’ magazine, we’re confident that we have discovered the winning formula when it comes to creating a title that will appeal to all woodworkers, regardless of your preferred discipline. Kicking off this brand-new issue is part 1 of Shaun Newman’s series on making an early Viennese guitar in the style of Johann Georg Staufer, before Colin Simpson shows us how to turn a lovely end-grain bowl from a piece of mulberry, which features a strikingly attractive natural-edge. Next up is Ben Hackney’s custom tool rack, which is also this month’s chosen cover image. Ben had been wanting to build a custom rack for years but could never find the time, but since making his own version tailored to his specific needs, he says he’ll never look back. Also in projects is Phil Davy’s outdoor mailbox, as well as Glenn Perry’s recipe book stand, which makes use of offcuts, not to mention Les Thorne’s natural-edge goblet, which he made using gifted walnut. 

John Bullar setting up a couple of dovetailing jigs: one with infinitely adjustable spacing (left) and one with fixed spacing (right)
John Bullar setting up a couple of dovetailing jigs: one with infinitely adjustable spacing (left) and one with fixed spacing (right)

In our techniques section, Dave Roberts meets Lynne Cavalot, whose rustic furniture-making requires little equipment but one important tool, before John Bullar delivers the penultimate article in his ‘improve your furniture making’ series, which sees him looking at using router jigs for dovetails and mortise & tenon joints in furniture making. And last but not least, Peter Bishop demonstrates a number of different techniques for preserving timber.

 Look, touch, try, compare is part of the appeal as Axminster distances itself from being a trade counter experience
Look, touch, try, compare is part of the appeal as Axminster distances itself from being a trade counter experience

Moving on to our exciting features section, John Greeves talks to Mark Griffin about the making of a Gentleman’s chair before we learn more about what makes Axminster Tools & Machinery’s flagship Nuneaton store a mecca for woodworkers. In ‘Archive’, Robin Gates suggests a revolving bookstand from the March 1924 edition of The Woodworker is an elegant tribute to the enduring qualities of books, and in ‘me & my workshop’, we enter the space of retired engineer John Creevy. In ‘end-grain’, Edward Hopkins discusses the lure of the double garage, and Rick Wheaton is thrilled to receive a handwritten note from ex-President Jimmy Carter, plus a signed copy of his book.

The GSR 18V-60 FC Professional with FlexiClick system is a powerful, sophisticated tool, with excellent performance fitted with either standard chuck or hex bit adaptors
The GSR 18V-60 FC Professional with FlexiClick system is a powerful, sophisticated tool, with excellent performance fitted with either standard chuck or hex bit adaptors

For those of you who are seduced by the lure of new tools and machinery, our ‘on test’ section will not disappoint this month, as we bring you an exclusive on the new GSR 18V-60 FC Professional with FlexiClick system. Awarded the full five stars by Phil Davy, this fantastic piece of kit is supplied with four interchangeable chucks and is a powerful, sophisticated tool with excellent performance. Also on the bench this month is the Batavia MaxxRoll multi roller sander, which is ideal for sanding a variety of materials such as wood, metal and plastics, but if jigs are more your thing, join Jonathan Salisbury as he gets to grips with the Leigh B975 Box Joint and Beehive Jig.

In terms of additional content, we have a fantastic competition from Woodworkers Workshop, which gives you the opportunity to win 1 of 3 sets of Peter Sefton’s Ultimate Bandsaw DVD Collection - worth £49.97, and don’t forget to keep sending in your top workshop hints or tips, as you could be in with a chance of getting your hands on a magnificent Veritas low-angle jack plane, worth over £250. You can also find your usual favourite pages, including news and courses, welcome, marketplace, next month and letters. All this and much more in the August issue of The Woodworker incorporating Good Woodworking, which is now on sale!

Enjoy!
Tegan Foley, Editor

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