This is Ralph Laughton’s swan-song as editor, and he’s certainly going out on a high note with the usual mix of projects, techniques, turning and tests to keep you entertained and enthused.

He’s handing over the editorship to Mike Lawrence, who has been down in the engine room keeping the good ship Woodworker running smoothly for the last three years or so. Mike’s background is in mainstream DIY rather than pure woodwork, but he’s dedicated to maintaining the magazine’s direction as ‘the original and best’ woodworking title around. Ralph will still of course be a regular contributor to the magazine…

This month’s issue opens with a clutch of projects, including:
• Chop & change – Alan Holtham makes a work station for his mitre saw;
• Made to measure – Ralph Laughton presents a storage case for his Incra instruments;
• Colouring box – Peter Dunsmore makes his daughter a portable writing slope
• Three in a row – Gordon Warr designs a simple plant trough.

In the workshop you’ll find features on using tool rests and jigs to get the best performance from your bench grinder, and a look at what’s involved in setting up your bench planes for optimum performance.

The turners can try their hand at some copy turning with Alan Holtham’s three-legged stool, making Chris Child’s egg timer, or tackling some basic indexing techniques on the way to creating Ian Wilkie’s spotty pot.

Our test section includes reports on the following tools and equipment:
• DeWalt 125mm random orbit sander
• Scheppach HF3000 CI spindle moulder
• Tuffsaw bandsaw blades
• Skil 1215 belt sander
• SIP 01470 12in sliding mitre saw
• Makita KP0800 planer
• Trend BCS bar clamps
• GemRed bevel box and digital laser level
• Robert Sorby indexing system
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