Mike Lawrence’s editorship of The Woodworker gets under way with a selection of four unusual projects with plenty of kerb appeal, whether you’re a comparative novice or a top-of-the-league expert. 
• All dressed up – Roger Berwick describes the journey from tree trunk to finished article that was involved in making a stunning lacewood dressing table
• Gimme shelter – Peter Bishop builds a gazebo with an unusual roof profile that would grace a corner of any garden
• Art on the move – Peter Dunsmore presents a painting box made in cedar and mahogany in which to carry your artist’s kit and to pack everything away when you’ve finished being creative
• Whiter than white – Ralph Laughton makes a corner cabinet for the bathroom, featuring the New England board-and-bead look and painted white

In the workshop section you’ll find two features on choosing and using the woodworkers’ best friend: clamps. Then there’s Ralph Laughton’s look at specialist planes to read, and you can also enjoy Keith Smith’s inimitable monthly musings from his workshop in Shop Notes.

For the turners among you, Colin Simpson has designed and made a clever ring tree with a difference (it’s burglar-proof), while Ian Wilkie continues his look at indexing techniques with a stunning pierced pomander and an amusing little birdcage. In between, Chris Child takes a look at what’s what in woodturning chisels.

Our regular test section includes reports on the following tools and equipment:
• Bosch GST 150 CE / BCE jigsaws
• Einhell RT-JS 85 pendulum jigsaw
• Einhell RT-XS 28 Multi sander
• SIP 01463 Professional Universal Woodworking Centre
• Jet 22-44 OSC oscillating drum sander
• Veritas dowel cutters
• Axminster TiN screwdriver bits
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