“Remember, remember the fifth of November…” is a rhyme every child learns at school, and it’s a timely reminder that fireworks are just around the corner. We’ve certainly got a brilliant show for you in the magazine this month, with a great selection of eye-catching projects and a wide range of other features for you to read and enjoy. Let’s kick off with our star builds…
• Cutting corners – Peter Dunsmore presents a corner cabinet that’s a little different to the usual run-of-the-mill type seen in furniture stores. It has tall glazed side panels, and is designed to show off just one or two special pieces rather than a whole collection.
• A match of two halves – Peter Nicholson stumbles across a design for an alcove unit that’s so versatile it can be used for a variety of different purposes in the home. In the first half he describes how to make the base unit, ands next month he’ll tackle the optional bookcase.
• A home for everything – Duncan Rose describes a commission to create a built-in painted wardrobe for a country cottage bedroom. The size, shape and location made the project a little more exacting than most builds of this type.
• Time and motion – Gordon Warr combines box making and inlay work to create an unusual decorated case that contains a thermometer and a barometer as well as a clock, allowing you to keep an eye on the weather as well as on the time.

In the Workshop section, Andy Standing presents the final part in his series on setting up workshop machinery. This month he takes on the bench mortiser, which offers woodworkers the fastest and most efficient way to cut a lot of mortises. Alan Holtham offers some useful advice on keeping saw carriages running squarely. Peter Bishop describes making an ingenious repair to a damaged period chair, while Vere Shannon explains how he solved a dust collection problem that has plagued his workshop for the past 30 years. In Shop Notes, Keith Smith muses on floods, personal injuries and wooden automata, leaves his keys behind and finishes a window restoration job at last.

Our regular trio of turning projects kicks off with a simple but striking trophy created in sycamore and burr elm by Bob Chapman for his local primary school. Chris Child turns a big chunk of cherry into a lidded container and explains how to avoid shrinkage problems when turning unseasoned wood. Colin Simpson presents the first of two features, in which he first turns a large-diameter platter from a single chucking. Next month he’ll describe some unusual colouring techniques.

Our regular test section begins with Alan Holtham’s test report on the Record Power TS 250RS sliding beam table saw, which he says offers significant advantages over saws with sliding tables.
We also have reports on the following tools and equipment:
• Tormek DBS-22 drill sharpening attachment
• Einhell RT-RO 55 router
• BoschPro GSK50 air nailer
• BoschPro GTK40 air stapler
• Skilsander 240 & XL300 orbital sanders
• Triton router table system
• Metabo STEB 70 Quick jigsaw

Lastly, don’t miss our free giveaway this month. We have ten sets of Trend router bits available, worth up to £105 for the 15-cutter set with ½in shanks. All you have to do is fill in the coupon, indicate which set you’d like, send it in and we’ll do the rest.

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